Sanmay was idly scrolling through domain names when he realised that Google.com was available to purchase.
Sanmay Ved, a student at Babson College in Massachusetts suddenly became the owner of the most visited domain name in the history of the internet when a website flaw made it available for a very short amount of time – and it only cost him $12.
But while Google quickly managed to acquire the domain name back, Luckily for Google, it could do this because it owned the registration service, Google Domains.
Google rewarded Sanmay Ved with a payout after he exposed a flaw that allowed him to buy the company’s domain name.
However, Ved says his actions were not motivated by money and he is not interested in making a financial gain from the purchase. In an update to a previous LinkedIn post, he writes that he “asked that the money be donated to an Indian Charity organisation”
Google responded by doubling the reward and donating it to Ved’s chosen foundation, which provides free education in the slum, tribal and rural belts where child labor and poverty are widespread.
Speaking after the incident, Sanmay said: “The domain actually got added to my cart as seen by the green check-box, and the domain appeared in my cart.”
“I was hoping I would get an error at sometime, saying transaction did not go through, but I was able to complete the purchase, and my credit card was actually charged!”
‘The scary part was I had access to the webmaster controls for a minute…
‘At least I can now say I’m the man who owned Google.com for a minute’ he toldBusiness Insider.
“I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs that it’s not always about the money,” he added.
A screenshot Ved posted to LinkedIn showing the availability of Google.com.