A US-based software developer has been caught outsourcing his work to Chinese sub-contractors for less than a fifth of his six figure salary while he was spending all his work time browsing Facebook, and Reddit.
Bob, The firm's top programmer, was caught when the firm’s telecommunications supplier Verizon was called in and the company decided to set up a basic VPN system with two-factor authentication, so the staff could work at home as well.
The traffic logs for bob showed a regular series of logins to the company's main server 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," said Verizon. "Yes, it is a bit of a convoluted theory, and like most convoluted theories, an incorrect one."
Bob’s browsing history was broken down into the following:
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
Of course Bob is definitely not employed at the firm now. It’s extremely stupid yet hilarious of him to risk his own job just to spend time on the internet, a medium that has actually helped people to earn money, find jobs, socialize and make friends.
This entire scheme wasn’t really worth it. If he had put in so much time in doing his job then probably the firm’s best programmer must’ve been getting popular for his achievements and not for his weird strategies for playing around on the internet.
See what Redditors are talking about their fellow Redditor who lost his job:
Best life hack of 2013 - outsource your own job.