Developer Outsources Job to China, Surfs Internet All Day

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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  • Vorador2
    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.
  • Lord Captivus
    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!!
  • ddpruitt
    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.
  • frank_drebin
    wow he must really like cat videos
  • tipoo
    How would one go about finding a programming outsourcing agency in China or India anyways? Is that all the company he hired does?
  • I call BS on this story.
  • Devoteicon
    George Costanza?
  • memadmax
    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...
  • bunz_of_steel
    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.
  • hate machine
    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.