The Man Who Bought the Google Domain From Under Google’s Nose



Google.com is one of the most valuable domains on the Internet, but at one point they had to pay to get it back. On September 29, 2015, former Google employee Sanmay Ved was learning more about the Google Domains interface when he typed google.com and clicked "search domains." To his surprise, Google.com was showing as available. He clicked the “add to cart” icon and the domain appeared in his shopping cart. He was expecting to get an error message at some point, indicating the transaction didn’t go through. Instead, the purchase went through and his credit card was charged the $12.00 domain fee. It wasn’t long until Google Security contacted Ved, offering him $6,006.13, which is a numerical version of the word Google. He accepted, but when Google learned that he didn’t intend to keep the money but to instead donate it to charity, the company doubled the amount. Google regularly pays people who discover security problems and notify the company. The largest single award ever paid was $37,500 to an Android security researcher.