Google Offered $6,006.13 To The Guy Who Briefly Owned Google.com

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1. Last fall, MBA student Sanmay Ved briefly purchased the domain for Google.com — for $12.

Sanmay Ved / Via linkedin.com

Ved wrote about his ownership of the tech juggernaut’s domain name in a blog post on LinkedIn.

3. Ved’s purchase via Google Domains was canceled after about a minute, and he reported his experience to Google Security.

Google Domains

In October, Ved told BuzzFeed he used to work at the tech giant.

“Though I have left Google, over the years I have reported several vulnerabilities to them, which they have acknowledged and corrected,” he said. “Never asked for rewards, nor spoken about them.”

6. But this week, Google’s security blog revealed the company had offered $6,006.13 to Ved as a reward for his help.

Get it? The numbers almost spell out Google.

7. Ved instead donated the money to a charity that provides free education to children in rural India. So Google decided to double the reward money to match his donation.

Art of Living Foundation / Via youtube.com

8. Nice work, Ved and Google!

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
Contact Claudia Koerner at claudia.koerner@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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