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    2 Oct 2015

    This Ex-Google Employee Is Pretty Sure He Bought The "Google.com" Domain For A Minute

    "What happened will be a fond memory for me," Sanmay Ved told BuzzFeed.

    Sanmay Ved is an ex-Google employee from Gujurat who worked with Google for five and a half years, until 2012.

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    He grew up in Hyderabad, and is now pursuing an MBA at Babson College, Massachusetts, he told BuzzFeed.

    Ved wrote in a blog post that he was browsing through Google Domains on Thursday night, when he came across Google.com as a purchasable domain.

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    It was 1:20 a.m. EST.

    Suspicious that it was a glitch, Ved explains that tried to add the domain to his cart and check out...

    ... And, while he expected the transaction to fail, he got a text and an email alerting him that his card had been charged.

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    About a minute after his card was charged, Ved received an order cancellation email from Google Domains.

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    In his blog post, Ved explains that he then realised he had past webmaster updates (that come with owning the domain) for several websites powered by Google Sites.

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    He didn't name the websites in his post.

    "I contacted Google security informing them about what happened. They reverted confirming the incident and are investigating the same," Ved told BuzzFeed.

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    Google.com as a domain name is now listed as unavailable once more.

    Sanmay Ved / Via linkedin.com

    Ved told BuzzFeed that he has confidentially reported several vulnerabilities to Google in the past:

    "I love Google, and I think they are a fantastic company. Though I have left Google, over the years, I have since then reported several vulnerabilities to them, which they have acknowledged and corrected. Never asked for rewards, nor spoken about them. They remain a secret between Google and me. What happened will be a fond memory for me."

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