A ‘human error’ caused Google to pay $250,000 (approx. 2 crore) to a self-proclaimed hacker, the company said after the flaw came to light when the beneficiary, Sam Curry, flagged it on Twitter, informing the tech giant of the “random payment” it received.
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“It’s been a little over three weeks since Google randomly sent me $249,999 and I still haven’t heard anything about the support ticket. Is there any way we can get in touch with @Google?” Curry, whose profile on the social media platform describes him as a hacker and “bug bounty hunter,” tweeted on Sept. 14.
“It’s okay if you don’t want it back,” Curry added.
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In a pronunciation to NPR, Google said it planned to take the money back. “Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party due to human error. We appreciate that the affected partner communicated with us quickly and we are working to correct this.”
Meanwhile, Curry, who works at Yuga Labs as a Staff Security Engineer, told NPR that even though he occasionally does bug bounty hunting for Google and other companies, he still couldn’t make a connection between his part-time work and what it paid to him. amount by the giant headquartered in Mountain View.
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“While the money was available for me to spend, I just held onto it in case they tried to get it back,” Curry further told NPR.
Big bounty hunting is when people are paid by companies and organizations to find vulnerabilities in their software.