WEB DESK: Google.com, one of the most valuable domains on the Internet, was mistakenly sold for $12 last fall and Google paid $12,000 to get it back, CNN reported.
The buyer was a former Googler, Sanmay Ved, who discovered Google.com on the list of domains available for sale on September 29. He bought it, charging the $12 fee to his Discover card, never really expecting the transaction to go through.
He told that he made the purchase simply out of curiosity. “I thought at some point in time it would block me out, but I wanted to see how far it would go,” he said.
The transaction did go through – for about a minute. He said during that brief time he got a flood of information from Google users, though he was not able actually change the Google home page. Then he got an e-mail from Google canceling the transaction.
Google admits Ved owned the domain, albeit very temporarily. The company said that it offered him $6006.13, which is a numerical version of the word Google. “Squint a little and you’ll see it,” the company said in blog post about the incident.
Google regularly pays people who discover security problems with its systems and notifies the company. It said the largest single award it paid last year was $37,500 to an Android security researcher.