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Developer Outsources Job to China, Surfs Internet All Day

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This developer outsourced his job to China... and made a profit.

Lazy genius or just lazy and stupid?

The Register recently reported that the star developer of a "US critical infrastructure company" (no specifics were offered) had been discovered to be outsourcing his job to China after a security audit of the company.

The man had supplied the workers of a Shenyang software consultancy with his log in credentials. He paid them only a fifth of his salary and he was free to spend the rest of his time freelancing for other companies—work that he outsourced as well—and on social media. Analysis of his "work" days consisted of something like this:

"9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos

11:30 a.m. – Take lunch

1:00 p.m. – Ebay time

2:00-ish p.m – Facebook updates, LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. – End-of-day update e-mail to management

5:00 p.m. – Go home"

Keep in mind that this man was making a six figure salary.

"Bob", the developer, was considered the company's top coder and an expert in C, C++, Perl, Java, Ruby, PHP, and Python. Unfortunately for him, his charade was seen through once the company called in its telecommunications supplier, Verizon, for suspicious VPN traffic coming from Shenyang, China.

"The company's IT personnel were sure that the issue had to do with some kind of zero day malware that was able to initiate VPN connections from Bob's desktop workstation via external proxy and then route that VPN traffic to China, only to be routed back to their concentrator," stated the Verizon Security Blog. "Yes, it is a bit of a convoluted theory, and like most convoluted theories, an incorrect one."

After Verizon did a little bit of sniffing around Bob's computer, they uncovered his little scheme. It turns out that Bob had FedExed his workers his two-factor authentication token so that they could log in to do his work for him.

Obviously, after endangering the security of his company and whatever else the company handled (assuming that The Register is accurate in its description of the company as a part of "US critical infrastructure), Bob was fired. Of course, does it really matter much, considering he's so far probably managed to get away with hundreds of thousands of dollars?

 

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    frank_drebin , January 17, 2013 2:50 PM
    wow he must really like cat videos
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    ddpruitt , January 17, 2013 2:50 PM
    I'm not sure if I'm in awe of him or think he's a complete moron.

    On the one hand he did what most other companies do on a smaller scale, subcontracted his work to the lowest bidder and took on more work.

    On the other he pretty much showed the entire planet you don't have to hire this guy, just get someone in China to do it for less than half the cost.
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    Devoteicon , January 17, 2013 2:59 PM
    George Costanza?
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    Vorador2 , January 17, 2013 2:35 PM
    I hope his manager was fired as well. To be able to outsource all his work and just sit there doing nothing, the manager wasn't doing his job properly.
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    Lord Captivus , January 17, 2013 2:40 PM
    Vorador2I hope his manager was fired as well. To be able to outsource all his work and just sit there doing nothing, the manager wasn't doing his job properly.

    It was probably his idea in the first place!!
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    ddpruitt , January 17, 2013 2:50 PM
    I'm not sure if I'm in awe of him or think he's a complete moron.

    On the one hand he did what most other companies do on a smaller scale, subcontracted his work to the lowest bidder and took on more work.

    On the other he pretty much showed the entire planet you don't have to hire this guy, just get someone in China to do it for less than half the cost.
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    frank_drebin , January 17, 2013 2:50 PM
    wow he must really like cat videos
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    tipoo , January 17, 2013 2:53 PM
    How would one go about finding a programming outsourcing agency in China or India anyways? Is that all the company he hired does?
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    Anonymous , January 17, 2013 2:55 PM
    I call BS on this story.
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    Devoteicon , January 17, 2013 2:59 PM
    George Costanza?
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    memadmax , January 17, 2013 3:09 PM
    Dude, makes sense to me... except for the part where national security was involved... but if it was something benign like angry birds copy cat then by all means...
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    bunz_of_steel , January 17, 2013 3:12 PM
    Do it legally like all the other fortune 500 companies man! Rake in millions and when you can't make millions fold company and say it's no longer profitable. Go to another U.S company and screw them up same way. Keep doing this legally since corp laws are structured to allow them to profit this way.
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    hate machine , January 17, 2013 3:28 PM
    catherinebourne22upto I looked at the paycheck ov $8324, I didnt believe that my cousin woz like actualy erning money parttime from their computer.. there aunt haz done this for less than 22 months and resantly cleared the dept on their house and purchased a top of the range Peugeot 205 GTi. we looked here, http://***


    OH MUH GAWD You mean I can do this and then just outsource someone to do all the part time computer work for me?

    Fully back on topic, I recall watching a movie where a guy did this with a Chinese programmer. Could have been where he got the idea.
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    bustapr , January 17, 2013 3:30 PM
    please give jobs to supervisors who do their jobs. we dont need lazy asses stealing jobs other people would gladly work for.
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    kcorp2003 , January 17, 2013 3:52 PM
    I did this before, but was someone i knew personally. Only because i was pressured with a lot of work. I asked for a contractor but no budget money.. so i got the work done with my own money. dedication to work or should i be hang?
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    mrmaia , January 17, 2013 3:58 PM
    This happens all the time in engineering - the experts are paid tons of money to outsource their work to students and rookies while they play Solitaire all day.
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    gm0n3y , January 17, 2013 4:00 PM
    As a programmer I've been tempted to do something like this myself. The problem is that most work requires an in depth knowledge of your company, attending meetings, etc. I guess if I spent a bunch of time writing requirements docs, architecture plans, screen mockups, etc then I could send this to a dev in China. But that takes almost as much work as just coding it myself.

    Mind you, I've only worked for smaller companies. Maybe larger companies actually provide developers with proper documentation.
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    FinneousPJ , January 17, 2013 4:04 PM
    Vorador2I hope his manager was fired as well. To be able to outsource all his work and just sit there doing nothing, the manager wasn't doing his job properly.

    This is stupid. The job of a manager isn't to be looking over the shoulders of employees making sure they're doing "what they're supposed to". You'd make a poor manager, mate - and I'm sure you wouldn't want to work with a manager like yourself :lol: 
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    toadhammer , January 17, 2013 4:17 PM
    Clearly we need more of this. 2 people employed for every job!
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    jonyah , January 17, 2013 4:24 PM
    Stupid. The company, not this worker. This company just fired their star coder. Regardless of whether or not he did the actual work, it was all legit work. He got the job done that he was given, despite his artistic way of doing it. Yes, he was smart to get someone else to do it for 20% of what he was making. Much smarter than his superiors obviously. But, outsourcing usually doesn't work unless you have a competent person keeping up with the people doing the work. He obviously did a good job at that and should have just been promoted to management. Fire the other developers, save your money and let him manage more outsourced work. This company was really dumb in how they handled this.
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    newblackmetal , January 17, 2013 4:26 PM
    Kudos on the guying for trying this. This is capitalism defined!

    There are a couple issues here though. First is that companies that do this are in full disclosure and everyone internally knows what's going on, whereas he kept it quiet. Secondly, it's a breach of security that alerted IT to this. If he contracted his job out to someone living locally (same city), would it have been flagged?
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    Vorador2 , January 17, 2013 4:40 PM
    FinneousPJThis is stupid. The job of a manager isn't to be looking over the shoulders of employees making sure they're doing "what they're supposed to". You'd make a poor manager, mate - and I'm sure you wouldn't want to work with a manager like yourself


    I'm guessing you've never worked as a manager. And with that attitude, you never will.
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    noblerabbit , January 17, 2013 4:45 PM
    why is this news? every top 500 companies have been doing this since Foxconn building was built.
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