I have a theory. In the last episode, we found out that Cinder is working with or for someone else. A man. Let's call him, Prince Charming. Now Prince Charming by my best guess is a benefactor who has something to gain with Cinder taking the maidens power, and I have an idea on who he may be. First off let's go into some details.
The White Fang obtained state of the art Atlas tech, and it seems doubtful they are able to obtain something like that on their own. So Prince Charming seems to be someone with pull in Atlas.
Now let's analyze the season 1 finale where Torchwick is robbing the dust warehouses. There is little to no security so they must have pull in that regard too.
They haven't made themselves known, having Cinder do their dirty work so our dear Prince Charming has appearances to keep up.
I think that Prince Charming is Weiss and Winters father. He is, judging from dialogue from Winter and Weiss, very controlling. Perhaps he wishes to use that power to take over the kingdoms, or at the very least Atlas, but there are a few things stopping him. First their is Vale itself which is apparently home to the more powerful hunters. So he has Cinder cause havoc to draw Grimm and destroy or wreak havoc on Vale so Atlas can save the day, or more particularly the SDC can save the day.
Then there is that maidens themselves who may step in to stop them, hence why he has Cinder taking their power. He will use Cinder as his anti maiden weapon.
Finally, the problem of the white fang, who were attacking and destroying his dust cargo. By having them work for cinder, he can reduce damages done to his company as well as give her dust without drawing attention to his company, claiming the lost dust was stolen from him while giving Cinder the ammunition needed to put his plans into motion. He allowed Cinder to make herself somewhat known as a target for everyone to focus on while he plays backstage. Allowing Cinder to attack the comm tower as well possibly hacking penny to create an uproar(maybe) is just a way to draw grim to Vale and make Ironwood seem incompetent so he can slide in and control.
So to summarize, our Prince is controlling and possibly manipulative who has Atlas connections and appearances to keep. Someone who would prefer to keep dust intact while also setting up stages in his favor. I think the only person to fit this mold is Mister Schnee!