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This article was published on January 28, 2016


Google breaks its silence on how much it paid the guy who briefly owned Google.com

Google breaks its silence on how much it paid the guy who briefly owned Google.com
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In October 2015 Sanmay Ved recently owned the domain name, Google.com.

Of course, it was short lived, and Ved had no intentions of actually keeping the domain name, but Google decided to offer a financial reward anyway. At the time, Ved declined to share how much this reward was, but he did note that it was “more than $10,000.”

Today, Google let the cat out of the bag in its “Google Security Rewards — 2015 Year in Review.”

Originally, Google paid out $6,006.13 to Ved, which — if you sort of squint — spells out “Google.”

After it found out Ved was donating this money to charity, Google doubled the amount.

Google Security Rewards – 2015 Year in Review [Google Online Security]

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