Last October, researcher and ex-Google employee Sanmay Ved was able to purchase the domain name google.com for one whole minute for the price of $12. He documented his experience which caught the attention of Google, who rewarded him for discovering the little loophole.
We knew then that Ved donated around $10,000 of his prize money to charity, but it wasn’t until today when Google revealed how much they actually paid the man who owned google.com for a whole minute — and the amount is genius.
Google paid Ved the amount of GOOGLE — or $6006.13. The company then doubled that amount when Ved donated it to charity, totaling $12,012.26. The amount was revealed in Google’s “2015 Year in Review” blogpost on Thursday:
“You may have read about Sanmay Ved, a researcher from who was able to buy google.com for one minute on Google Domains. Our initial financial reward to Sanmay—$ 6,006.13—spelled-out Google, numerically (squint a little and you’ll see it!). We then doubled this amount when Sanmay donated his reward to charity.”
Google’s 2015 review post shared the results of their vulnerability reward program, where hackers can earn up to $20,000 in cash for discovering bugs in Google’s system. Google has paid out over $2 million to over 300 people for exploiting and reporting bugs.
h/t: Business Insider