US programmer 'outsourced job' to China


A top programmer working at a United States critical infrastructure company outsourced his own job to China so that he could spend time surfing the net and watching cat videos. This was the conclusion of an investigation by telecommunications supplier Verizon, which helped the company decipher the worker's network logs.

Verizon had setup a VPN with two-factor authentication to allow employees of the unidentified company to work from home. Upon reviewing the VPN logs however, the IT security department discovered regular logins from Shenyang, China, using the credentials of the company's top programmer--even though he was seen at his desk,  "staring into his monitor."

Alarmed, the security administrators contacted Verizon (NYSE: VZ) for assistance. "The company initially suspected some kind of unknown malware that was able route traffic from a trusted internal connection to China, and then back," noted the case study on Verizon's Security Blog. "This was the only way they could intellectually resolve the authentication issue."

But when investigators imaged the employee's hard disk in an attempt to determine the existence of malware, they found hundreds of deleted PDF invoices from a contractor in Shenyang, China.

A check of the employee's web browsing history showed him spending his time on sites such as Reddit, Ebay, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and LinkedIn, as well as watching cat videos. The employee had apparently sent over his security dongle to China so that they could log in using the VPN. Needless to say, the company no longer employs the programmer.

So how much was this Chinese consulting firm paid for doing the work? Apparently, for a paltry sum that was less than a fifth of the outsourcing programmer's six-figure salary.

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