Keep Track Of Your Outsourced Work
A software developer at a U.S. company secretly outsourced his job to China so he could spend his work days watching cat videos, browsing Reddit and shopping on eBay, according to Verizon's security team.
The developer, described as an unassuming man in his 40's who worked for a "critical infrastructure company,", paid a company in Shenyang, China, just fifth of his six-figure salary to do his work while he goofed around on web all day, according to investigators for Verizon, which handled the company's tech operations.
The unidentified company began investigating last May after noticing someone logged onto their private network from China. The person was using the unidentified office drone's log-in info.
The programmer, meanwhile, identified as "Bob," was at work at the time, "right there, sitting at his desk, staring into his monitor," Verizon inspector Andrew Valentine wrote on the security blog.
Verizon investigators searched Bob's computer and found hundreds of invoices from a third-party developer in Shenyang, as well as evidence he had sent the company his log-in credentials.
Investigators also got a peek into Bob's daily web activity.
He spent most mornings watching cat videos and surfing Reddit. In the afternoons, he browsed for bargains eBay and cruised Facebook before clocking out at 5 p.m.
"Evidence even suggested he had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area. All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually," Valentine wrote.
He'd been running the scam for at least six months, the blog said. During that time, he received sparkling performance reviews from the company's HR department. "Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building," Valentine said.
British tech news site The Register said Bob was fired.
From the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS