A top-performing computer programmer, who has been described as an “inoffensive and quiet family man,” in his mid-40’s outsourced his job to China to enable himself to lead a sinister double work life comprised entirely of browsing Lolcatz, Reddit, eBay and Facebook and “taking lunch”.
The man, whose name has been listed only as Bob (which is not his real name), is alleged to have hired a company in China to do his work for him at one fifth of his salary, which is said to have run into six figures. His scheme came unstuck when a network audit revealed suspicious activity and sparked an investigation.
Andrew Valentine, senior investigator at Verizon explained that an anomaly was detected in the VPN logs, after a VPN had been set up to allow employees to occasionally work from home. That anomaly was “an open and active VPN connection from Shenyang, China.” The aforementioned account was naturally using “Bob’s” credentials.
Plainly stated, the VPN logs showed him logged in from China, yet the employee is right there, sitting at his desk, staring into his monitor.
A typical work day in the life of “Bob” is said to have been comprised of the following:
• 9am: Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours, watch cat videos
• 11.30am: Take lunch
• 1pm: eBay
• 2pm-ish: Facebook updates, LinkedIn
• 4.40pm-end of day: Update email to management
• 5pm: Go home.
To add insult to injury, Bob performed well. Valentine noted:
Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.
There was also some indication that Bob had been carrying on the same scam at the same time across multiple workplaces.
Bob was fired – that is probably fair considering that he was no doubt dealing with confidential information and exposing the network to risk – but the idea in a nutshell is awesome. You definitely have to admire his chutzpah.