Somewhere there, an American computer programmer might be looking for a new job now that he’s been fired from his previous one for outsourcing his own work to a company in China.
The scam, which his old company’s records show had been going on for at least months, began to be uncovered when the man’s former employer grew suspicious of repeated remote connections to the company’s server. company from Shenyang, a city in northeast China.
The man’s employer, worried about the security of the company’s network, then called in Andrew Valentine, a computer forensic investigator at communications company Verizon Business.
In fact, the employee, called only Bob, had FedEx sent his RSA token to China so that the third-party contractor could use Bob’s credentials to log into the company system.
Bob, who has been described as being in his mid-forties, calm, harmless, and efficient, received performance reviews that credited him as the building’s top developer, Valentine noted in a commentary. blog post.
However, when investigators looked at Bob’s web browsing history, a clearer picture emerged of how he typically spent his work day:
During his tenure with the company, Bob earned an annual salary of approximately US $ 250,000 (â¬ 188,083).
âThe evidence even suggests that he had the same scam at several companies in the region. All in all, it looked like he was making several hundred thousand dollars a year and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about $ 50,000 a year, âValentine wrote in the blog.
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