This story sounds like something out of the classic movie "Office Space".
A very clever developer reportedly figured how to get paid to sit and watch cat videos for a good chunk of the day. I fully sympathize, since watching cat videos is a job unto itself.
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According to Verizon's Security Blog, a U.S. developer actually did find a way to fool everyone at his company into thinking he was working, while in fact outsourcing his entire job to China.When you think of it, there are enough Chinese to take over every single job in the United States without even putting a dent in China's economy or labor market. If we outsourced any of the Federal Governments, it would save an incredible amount!
The BBC notes the scam came to light after the employee's company asked for an audit to investigate "anomalous activity on its virtual private network (VPN) logs" that pointed to an active VPN connection between Shenyang, China, and the employee's workstation that appeared to be operational for months. The employee was paying less than "one fifth of his six-figure salary" on the outsourcing. What did he do that was a "scheme"? He not only was "the best programmer in the building" as reported by his supervisors but he was also able to manage an off-shore development team. Not only one project but multiple projects for multiple companies! Verizon should have promoted him because he obviously demonstrated a unique ability to deliver productive correct software at reduced costs. He emulated the CEO's, and get's fired for it?
A check of the employee's web browsing history revealed an average schedule and the worker's day looked 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 p.m - Facebook updates – LinkedIn
4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management.
5:00 p.m. – Go home
According to The Register, the employee no longer works for the company that ordered the audit and no word on his Chinese brethren.
Help Net Security's Nick Cavalancia, a vice president at SpectorSoft, said the following:
"Of course, we all want to spin this now as a "devious scheme" to cheat his Verizon but who got cheated? Verizon got its software projects and paid him what they agreed the fact that he was smart enough to get someone else to do his work for a fraction of what Verizon was paying him simply makes him better than his own management."
Get a grip people,he was thinking out the box. He basically was a consultant and this guy was no worse than the SEC regulators who streamed porn while the economy melted in 2008.
"We have yet to see what impact this incident will have, but providing programming code used to run critical national infrastructure providers' systems to off-shore firms seems dangerous at best," Cavalancia said. "What many organizations fail to understand is that with proactive monitoring that can alert IT security teams when unacceptable online behaviors occur, this type activity can be thwarted before it becomes an incident."
I've been asking that same question about all the military work they off-shore. It sure does make me feel secure. Companies keep outsourcing people's jobs, if someone manages to use outsourcing to his advantage by becoming a middleman, more the power to him. He screwed the system that was out to screw him.
I do have some final thoughts though:
Were there two jobs lost after all was said and done or did they hire the Chinese guy to take the programmer's place?
When's the movie coming out about him and are the Weinstein's producing it?
I don't think we should worry however as he will land on his feet. Cats always do.
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