There is such a thing as being too clever, as this employee apparently found out to his cost.
A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China.
He reportedly paid just a fifth of his six-figure salary to a company based in Shenyang to do his job.
Operator Verizon says the scam came to light after the US firm asked it for an audit, suspecting a security breach.
According to Andrew Valentine, of Verizon, the infrastructure company requested the operator's risk team last year to investigate some anomalous activity on its virtual private network (VPN) logs.
'This organisation 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', he was quoted as saying on an internet security website.
The company had discovered the existence of an open and active VPN connection from Shenyang to the employee's workstation that went back months, Valentine said.
The employee apparently no longer works for the firm.
One software developer told Here Is The City: 'The guy should have been promoted, not fired. It takes a lot of guts and initiative to do something like this. God bless America!'.
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