Google has claimed that a “human error” led to the business sending $250,000 (about Rs. 2 crores) to a self-proclaimed hacker. The issue was discovered when the recipient, Sam Curry, alerted the internet giant on Twitter about the ‘strange payment’ he had received.
It's been a little over 3 weeks since Google randomly sent me $249,999 and I still haven't heard anything on the support ticket. Is there any way we could get in touch @Google?— Sam Curry (@samwcyo) September 14, 2022
(it's OK if you don't want it back…) pic.twitter.com/t6f7v5erli
Google stated its intent to recoup the funds in a statement to NPR. Due to a mistake made by a team member, a payment was recently issued to the incorrect party. We appreciate that the impacted partner swiftly let us know about the issue, and we are working to fix it.
Curry, a Staff Security Engineer at Yuga Labs, told NPR that while periodically working as a bug bounty hunter for Google and other companies, he was still unable to connect his side job to the payment he received from the company with its Mountain View headquarters.
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