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Man buys Google.com using Google's own domain service: The surprising result

Man buys Google.com using Google's own domain service: The surprising result
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Sanmay Ved, a former Google employee, was using the company's own domain-purchasing service to look for Google-related domain names when he spotted Google.com for sale. The MBA student was surprised, of course, but went ahead and tried to buy Google.com for $12.

Shockingly, he was successful, and started receiving email meant for the search site's administrators. Of course, not long after he got a message saying his purchase was canceled because Google.com was already registered. Google also refunded his money, naturally. But the story doesn't stop there.

Because Ved discovered what was obviously a bug in Google's system, he was offered a reward from Google's security team, whom he had contacted after the incident. Finding this flaw fell under Google's on-going bug bounty program where it pays security experts, or anyone, to find bugs in its software or systems.

Ved declined the reward, asking that it be donated to the Art of Living India Foundation. Because he asked that the reward be donated, Google even doubled the amount (Ved hasn't revealed the amount of the reward).

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