Student buys Google? Find out how he did it!

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A Babson College graduate student has been awarded more than $12,000 for pointing out a glitch that allowed him to "own" the world's most heavily trafficked website for one minute.

After student Sanmay Ved bought the prestigious web address for $12 after spotting it for sale on Google Domains in September, the company shelled out a mere $6,006.13 for its safe return.

"Squint a little and you'll see it!" said Eduardo Vela Nava, a security engineer for Google security.

In September past year, the Boston-based online retail expert had been surfing the internet looking for available Google domains when to his astonishment, he found that Google.com was available to be purchased.

"I was learning more about the Google Domains interface and typed google.com and clicked search domains", Ved wrote in the Linkedin post.

Google doubled the sum when Ved donated his reward to the Art of Living India Foundation, according to the blog post. "I was hoping I would get an error", said Ved.

Ved told Business Insider that he was never motivated by the idea of a monetary reward - Google routinely gives money to those who point out missteps in their system as part of their "Vulnerability Reward Program" - he just wanted to point out the bug.

 

 

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