On Thursday, Google finally mentioned the amount it gave to Sanmay Ved in its latest “Google Security Awards-2015 Year in Review” post. The company also gave details on rewards it offered to others who helped in pointing out bugs for Google.
If you remember, Ex-Googler Sanmay Ved was rewarded by Google for purchasing the Google.com domain for a few minutes in October. Sanmay at that time didn’t mention the amount he received from Google and summed up his reward to be more than $10,000.
Ved has bought Google.com for $12 and when Google realised this error, it immediately cancelled the sale and refunded Ved with $12.
Interestingly, Google in its post mentioned that it gave $6,006.13 (approximately Rs. 4 lakhs), which spells out Google numerically. The company, however, doubled this amount, when it learned that Ved was not interested in receiving money and wants the amount to be given to charity.
Eduardo Vela Nava, Google Security executive said on the company blog post, “You may have read about Sanmay Ved, a researcher from who was able to buy google.com for one minute on Google Domains. Our initial financial reward to Sanmay-$ 6,006.13-spelled-out Google, numerically (squint a little and you’ll see it!). We then doubled this amount when Sanmay donated his reward to charity”.
Google as a part of its security Reward programme has given over $2 million to more than 300 recipients with over 750 individual awards. Developers and researchers from Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Romania, Israel, Brazil, United States, China, Russia, and India received the awards.
Since the programme’s inception in 2010, Google has given over $6 million in awards. Google expanded this Security Reward programme by adding Android in 2015. “We launched our Android VRP in June, and by the end of 2015, we had paid more than $200,000 to researchers for their work, including our largest single payment of $37,500 to an Android security researcher,” Nava said.