2019 image of a building bearing the Google logo on the company’s campus in Mountain View, California. The business claims it dispatched a security engineer by error for $250,000. hide caption Jeff Chiu/AP
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2019 image of a building bearing the Google logo on the company’s campus in Mountain View, California. The business claims it dispatched a security engineer by error for $250,000.
J. Chiu/AP Sam Curry, a self-described hacker, claims that Google paid him $249,999.99 inexplicably last month and that he is unsure of the reason for the tech giant’s decision to do so.
“Google sent me $249,999 at random a little more than 3 weeks ago, and I still haven’t heard anything about the support ticket. Do you know how we may contact @Google? “A screenshot of the transaction is provided by Curry tweeted on Tuesday .
It’s alright if you don’t want it back, he continued.
Curry, a staff security engineer at Yuga Labs, revealed to NPR that he occasionally participates in bug bounty hunting for businesses like Google. People are then compensated to assist businesses and other groups in identifying software flaws.
However, he claims he was unable to connect the money deposited into his bank account with bug bounty hunting for Google.
Curry said he was only keeping the money in case Google sought to get it back, but he was free to use it. He warned that if Google didn’t respond to him right once, he could have to transfer the money into an other account to avoid paying taxes on it.
Curry finally concluded that Google probably paid him unintentionally. Apparently, he was correct.
An official Google spokeswoman told NPR in a statement: “Due to a mistake made by one of our team members, we recently paid the incorrect person. We appreciate that the impacted partner swiftly informed us of the issue, and we are working to fix it.”
According to the spokeswoman, the business planned to recover the funds.
Curry stated that he was interested in learning how frequently something similar occurs at Google as well as what procedures are in place to look for similar failures.
He claimed he still had the money in his account as of Thursday afternoon.