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Man Outsources His Own Job To China So He Could Free Up More Time To Surf The Web
January 16, 2013
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As unethical as this is, you can't help but appreciate the audacity it takes to actually pull off something like this.

We're not even sure George Costanza would go this far.

Apparently, a software developer found a way to outsource his job to China, so he could essentially goof off at work all day.

He reportedly spent his days surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing on sites like Reddit and eBay.

Apparently, his company realized what was going on after doing a security check last year on its virtual private network logs (VPN).

The company discovered an active VPN connection from Shenyang, China to the guy's computer that had been open months.

It also discovered that someone was regularly logging on to its main server from Shenyang, using the employee's ID and password.

Basically, the guy had hired a software firm in Shenyang to do his work for him. And he reportedly paid the company in China just a fifth of his salary, which was in the six figures.

Apparently, this was his typical day:

9:00 am - Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos
11:30 am - Take lunch
1:00 pm - Ebay time
2:00 pm - Facebook updates, LinkedIn
4:30 pm - End-of-day update e-mail to management
5:00 pm - Go home

The story was revealed on a Verizon security blog. Verizon was hired by the company to set up an internet system that would allow employees to work from home.

"Central to the investigation was the employee himself, the person whose credentials had been used to initiate and maintain a VPN connection from China," said Verizon's Andrew Valentine.

"Authentication was no problem. He physically FedExed his RSA [security] token to China so that the third-party contractor could log-in under his credentials during the workday. It would appear that he was working an average nine-to-five work day," Valentine said.

"Evidence even suggested he had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area. All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about $50,000 (£31,270) annually."

Reports describe the employee as an "inoffensive and quiet" but talented man who understood several programming languages. In fact, he reportedly was one of the company's top developers and coders.

According to one report, "His [work] was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building."

So his work was getting done, just not by him.

Needless to say, he doesn't have his job anymore.

We think Tim Stanley of The Telegraph summed it up best, writing...

"Not only is Bob a modern hero to the terminally bored office worker, he's also invented a whole new way of making capitalism work. If big companies can outsource labour to save money, why the heck can't the little man do exactly the same?"

"On that principle, I'm going to ring round all the colleges in Beijing and see if there are any budding bloggers out there. If you see a spike in posts about how China's going to take over the world, you'll know what's happened..."

Of course, as funny as this story is on the surface, there is a very real concern about companies exploiting workers overseas.

Check out this piece from Saad Khan, a freelance journalist from Pakistan. It's entitled 'How The West Is Exploiting The Labour Class'.

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