Google send $2,49,999 to a self-proclaimed hacker

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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.

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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