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Google admits to how much it paid the brief owner of its domain name

Back in October 2015, an assumably admin error caused the ownership of its main domain “google.com” to lapse and a lucky fellow managed to snap it up.

Sanmay Ved, a researcher managed to buy google.com through Google domains for a brief moment, which led to Google having to buy it back for around $12,000 USD.

Although this was seemingly done as a moment of opportunity rather than a means to get quick rich. Google paid the sum for the domain which Sanmay went onto donate to charity.

“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 Security