My efforts to slowly work down my backlog of drafts in the queue continues with your Quote of the Week. Yes, this article is a few weeks old, but that doesn't make it any more awesome. Kudos to this guy, slow claps all around.
This week's QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"A security audit of a US critical infrastructure company last year
revealed that its star developer had outsourced his own job to a Chinese
subcontractor and was spending all his work time playing around on the
internet. The firm's telecommunications supplier Verizon was called in after
the company set up a basic VPN system with two-factor authentication so
staff could work at home. The VPN traffic logs showed a regular series
of logins to the company's main server from Shenyang, China, using the
credentials of the firm's top programmer, 'Bob'...
After getting permission to study Bob's computer habits, Verizon
investigators found that he had hired a software consultancy in Shenyang
to do his programming work for him, and had FedExed them his two-factor
authentication token so they could log into his account. He was paying
them a fifth of his six-figure salary to do the work and spent the rest
of his time on other activities."
- Iain Thompson, The Register
That is awesome. I can't exactly blame the company for letting Bob go, especially since he exposed the fact that he was apparently being overpaid by a factor of five. But if a company can outsource a job to China, why can't the employee do it himself? That's the kind of creativity this country needs! Bravo, Bob.