Verizon revealed through a security team case study that, during the course of 2012, one of the company’s software developers had actually outsourced his own job to a company in China. While those workers were busy, he sat in his office watching cat videos, surfing Facebook, and otherwise hanging out online.
This developer, only referred to as “Bob,” was making a six-figure salary, “several hundred thousand dollars a year” according to the case study. He only needed to send a small portion of this huge take-home ($50,000 according to Gawker) to get the job done (by other people half a world away). I’m laughing as I type.
TheNextWeb goes into the technicalities of how Bob accomplished this; there was a rerouting of the VPN connections that gave the folks in China the ability to log in, but they had to do so with a key. It was discovered that the key was being used to log in from Shenyang, China rather than Bob’s desk, which sent up security alarm bells. Not only did he do this at Verizon, but at a few other companies. Laughing even harder.
If it’s any consolation, the Chinese company was doing a great job, earning Bob numerous glowing reviews. Andrew Valentine, a principal at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, the group that Bob worked for, outlined Bob’s daily routine as such on his blog:
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
Speaking with ABC News, Valentine suggests that Bob would’ve been better off setting up a server in his house and directing the folks in China to use that one. Verizon would’ve concluded that he was working from home. Take notes readers.