How A Man Became The Owner Of Google For An Entire Minute
A man who bought and became the owner of the Google.com web domain for a minute was rewarded by the search engine company.
Sanmay Ved, an ex-Google employee, was browsing through domain names when he found that Google.com was available for purchase. He used his credit card to pay the fee, $12, and soon received a message confirming his ownership. He also received messages containing private information intended for Google’s web administration team. But Ved’s confirmation was soon cancelled by the website buying service. He received a message saying that someone else had already bought the domain name and that he couldn’t have it. His fee was refunded.
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According to New Zealand Herald, Google’s security system rewarded Ved for spotting the flaw in the search engine’s domain buying system. Writing in a post on LinkedIN, he said that he had been keeping himself updated with Google related web domains as he used to previously work there.
“I started receiving notifications, for when ownership changed in the Google Search Console for websites that are powered by Google Sites,” he said. “Quite clearly, ownership had been granted to me. Order was successful.” As reported by Business Insider, he said, “At least I can now say I’m the man who owned Google.com for a minute.”
While he did not reveal the reward he received from Google, he indirectly said it was “more than 10,000.” When Ved said that he wanted to give the reward to an Indian educational foundation, Google doubled the amount.
“’In my case, I don’t know what caused Google to lose ownership of the domain Google.com as a result of which it was available in the open market,” he said.