“Human error” caused Google to send $250,000 (approx. ₹2 crore) to a self-proclaimed hacker, the company said, after the mistake was exposed when the payee, Sam Curry, reported it on Twitter, notifying the tech giant of the “random payment” he received .
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“It’s been just over 3 weeks since Google randomly sent me $249,999 and I still haven’t heard anything about the support ticket. Is there a way to get in touch with @ Google?,” tweeted Curry, whose profile on the social media platform describes him as a hacker and “bug bounty hunter,” tweeted Sept. 14.
“It’s okay if you don’t want it back,” Curry added.
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In a statement to NPR, Google said it intended to get the money back. “Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party due to human error. We appreciate that it was quickly communicated to us by the impacted partner, and we are working to correct it.”
Meanwhile, Curry, who works with Yuga Labs as a staff security engineer, told NPR while he sometimes does bug bounty hunting for Google and other companies, he doesn’t. was still unable to establish a link between his part-time work and the amount paid to him. by the giant headquartered in Mountain View.
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“While the money was available for me to spend, I just kept it in case they tried to get it back,” Curry further told NPR.
The “great bounty hunt” is when people are paid by companies and organizations to find vulnerabilities in their software.