man computer shadow US software developer outsourced job to China

A US software developer outsourced his job to China for just a fraction of his salary while he spent his days lazing about browsing the internet.

A US software developer outsourced his job to China for just a fraction of his salary while he spent his days lazing about browsing the internet.

 
The man, who has not been named, worked at an unnamed software firm, receiving a whopping six-figure salary, yet it appeared that for months he was not even doing the job.
 
The company was permitting some staff to work from home on certain days using a virtual private network (VPN), allowing the developer to ship his job overseas to a company in Shenyang, China, paying them just a fifth of the massive wages he “earned.” He even mailed his security token to China to overcome the authentication requirement to access the work servers.
 
man computer shadow US software developer outsourced job to China
 
The scam was discovered after unusual activity showed up on the company's VPN logs, with traffic coming from Shenyang to the staff member's workstation. The firm suspected a security breach and ordered an audit, revealing the unusual ploy. Auditors even discovered hundreds of PDF invoices from the Shenyang contractor on the computer.
 
Evidence uncovered suggested the man might have been running a similar scam in a variety of companies in the area, earning hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, while paying out a measly sum to the Chinese workers. It is not clear if he faces criminal charges.
 
The software developer was described as “inoffensive and quiet,” and was said to be versed in numerous programming languages. He allegedly spent his work-free days watching cat videos on YouTube, surfing the web, and browsing Reddit and eBay.
 
The plan backfired, however, and the man is no longer working for the company. Well, no longer pretending to work for it.
 
Source: BBC
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