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Software developer outsources own job to China

US employee 'outsourced job to China'

A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China.

The software developer, in his 40s, is thought to have spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay.

He reportedly paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in Shenyang to do his job.

Operator Verizon says the scam came to light after the US firm asked it for an audit, suspecting a security breach.

According to Andrew Valentine, of Verizon, the infrastructure company requested the operator's risk team last year to investigate some anomalous activity on its virtual private network (VPN) logs.

"This organisation had been slowly moving toward a more telecommuting oriented workforce, and they had therefore started to allow their developers to work from home on certain days. In order to accomplish this, they'd set up a fairly standard VPN concentrator approximately two years prior to our receiving their call," he was quoted as saying on an internet security website.

The company had discovered the existence of an open and active VPN connection from Shenyang to the employee's workstation that went back months, Mr Valentine said.

And it had then called on Verizon to look into what it had suspected had been malware used to route confidential information from the company to China.

"Central to the investigation was the employee himself, the person whose credentials had been used to initiate and maintain a VPN connection from China," said Mr Valentine.

Further investigation of the employee's computer had revealed hundreds of PDF documents of invoices from the Shenyang contractor, he added.

The employee, an "inoffensive and quiet" but talented man versed in several programming languages, "spent less than one fifth of his six-figure salary for a Chinese firm to do his job for him", Mr Valentine said.

"Authentication was no problem. He physically FedExed his RSA [security] token to China so that the third-party contractor could log-in under his credentials during the workday. It would appear that he was working an average nine-to-five work day," he added.

"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 $50,000 (£31,270) annually."

The employee no longer worked at the firm, Mr Valentine said.

by Anonymousreply 1801/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 101/17/2013

More jobs SHOULD be outsourced to China if it's so easy for asshats like this to get away with such a thing.

Why would you even want to just sit on reddit all day in an office?

by Anonymousreply 201/17/2013

I hope Verizon appreciates this employee's ingenuity in embracing the mantra to "work smarter not harder".

by Anonymousreply 301/17/2013

The enterprising brilliance of a capitalistic society is awe inspiring!

by Anonymousreply 401/17/2013


by Anonymousreply 501/17/2013

This is the same thing as a postman hiring a bum to deliver the mail and paying him a few bucks while the postman plays golf.

by Anonymousreply 601/17/2013

[quote]spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay.

I do that AND still do my job in between refreshes.

by Anonymousreply 701/17/2013

This seems made up.

Big Corps are pushing the anti-union "SEE! Outsource is cheaper" meme.

by Anonymousreply 801/17/2013

I worked at a company where the sale manager invented two fake delivery men and cashed their checks every week.

The only reason he got caught was that the President stopped by personally to give them safe driving awards for no accidents in 10 years.

by Anonymousreply 901/17/2013

The security risk aside, as long as the job got done I really dont see a problem with this. When I used to do freelance web development/design I would sometimes do the same thing: job out part of the assignment to someone else because I didn't have the time or didn't feel like doing it. It was often the mindless grunt work and I never had them connected directly to the company's server.

by Anonymousreply 1001/17/2013

R10, an unauthorized party not subject to the firm's security checks had access to the firm's network. There's the issue.

by Anonymousreply 1101/17/2013

I know R11. Thats why I said "The security risk aside"

by Anonymousreply 1201/17/2013

Why yes, indeed you did.


by Anonymousreply 1301/17/2013

I want to know how it's possible for an SE working for fucking Verizon to make several hundred thousand dollars a year. Last I checked they were paying most of their SE's in the 50-70 range.

by Anonymousreply 1401/17/2013

The part that gave me pause was the Reddit surfing. That place is just '4chan Lite'.

by Anonymousreply 1501/17/2013

Guess he reads "Dilbert"

by Anonymousreply 1601/17/2013

I'd have more respect for him if he'd done something even vaguely worthwhile with the time he was supposed to be working.

by Anonymousreply 1701/17/2013

Or having sex, R17.

by Anonymousreply 1801/17/2013
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