Man Buys For $12 For 1 Minute, Gets Reward For Uncovering Flaws

A man who bought the domain name for $12 and owned it for about a minute has been rewarded by Google for uncovering the flaw.

 Last month, student and former Google (GOOGL)employee Sanmay Ved was able to buy for the small sum due to an administrative issue at the search giant.

He was surprised to find the domain up for sale and when he went to buy it, the $12 transaction went through and the ownership of the search site was transferred.

But within about a minute the purchase had been canceled and Ved’s money was refunded.

“Google could do this given the registration service used by me (aka Google Domains) belonged to Google,” Ved wrote in a blog post on LinkedIn.

The ex-Googler flagged the flaw to the search giant’s security team and they rewarded him with an as-yet undisclosed sum of money. When they found out Ved was going to give the bounty to charity, Google doubled the amount.

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