After a security check, a U.S. firm found one of its employees outsourcing his job overseas. The person in question is a software developer in his 40s, who paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in China to do the work for him. He reportedly spent most of his workdays procrastinating on the web on sites likes YouTube, Reddit, and eBay.
The extortion was discovered when the U.S. company asked Verizon to perform an audit after seeing some anomalous activity on its VPN logs, and suspecting a security breach.
Andrew Valentine, from Verizon, explained that:
This organization had been slowly moving toward a more telecommuting oriented workforce, and they had therefore started to allow their developers to work from home on certain days. In order to accomplish this, they’d set up a fairly standard VPN concentrator approximately two years prior to our receiving their call.
The employee’s computer was searched, in which it revealed hundreds of PDF invoices from the contractor in China. The employee in question is described as an “inoffensive and quiet” but talented man.
The employee reportedly earned several hundred thousand dollars a year from various companies, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm around $50,000 annually. Valentine adds that the employee no longer works at the firm.