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A developer is caught outsourcing his own job to China

Verizon discovery gets dev sacked
Wed Jan 16 2013, 11:28

A DEVELOPER in the US was caught outsourcing his own job to China so he could spend his time watching cat videos on the internet, reports a case study from Verizon.

No, this isn't a joke. A developer for an anonymous critical infrastructure company, referred to as 'Bob,' was actually caught outsourcing his own work to China so he could spend all day browsing the web, something that Verizon noticed after it was alerted to odd activity on the firm's VPN logs.

"We received a request from a US-based company asking for our help in understanding some anomalous activity that they were witnessing in their VPN logs," Verizon explained.

"Plainly stated, the VPN logs showed [Bob] logged in from China, yet the employee is right there, sitting at his desk, staring into his monitor."

Further investigation from Verizon revealed Bob's web browsing history, which showed just how he spent his eight hours. A typical day for the lazy developer consisted of surfing Reddit for two hours, an hour on eBay and two hours of Facebook and Linkedin updates.

What's more, Bob apparently received great performance reviews from the unnamed company, and was considered an expert in C, C++, Perl, Java, Ruby, PHP and Python.

You're probably thinking that Bob was a bit of a dude, but it wasn't just one company he was scamming. Verizon discovered that he did the same thing across multiple companies, earning "several hundred thousand dollars a year".

Unsurprisingly, Bob was promptly fired once his scheme was discovered. µ


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