Although some workers live in fear of having their jobs shipped out to another country, one cunning employee decided to outsource his own job so he could goof around at his desk.
Verizon recently posted a case study on its security blog about a software developer named Bob who paid someone else to do his job. According to MSN, the individual actually doing the work was located in China.
The developer was reportedly employed by a “US-based critical infrastructure company” that noticed a strange VPN connection to China on its network that IT employees couldn’t explain. After a little detective work, Verizon discovered that the login being used to access the network belonged to Bob.
Geek.com explains that the software developer’s bosses discovered PDF files on their employee’s computer that contained invoices to a company in China. It was later discovered that Bob had outsourced his own job to someone in another country for a fraction of what he was being paid by the employers.
Verizon explained on its security blog:
“Bob spent less that one fifth of his six-figure salary for a Chinese firm to do his job for him. Authentication was no problem, he physically FedExed his RSA 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 9 to 5 work day. Investigators checked his web browsing history, and that told the whole story.”
After making sure someone in China was doing his job, Bob spent his days looking up topics on Reddit, watching various cat videos, and purchasing items on websites such as eBay. The software developer also spent a fair amount of time updating his Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
Not surprisingly, the software developer who outsourced his work to China was ultimately fired from his job.