Google rewarded Sanmay Ved with Rs 8 Lakhs
Google paid Sanmay Ved of Mandvi, India, a sum of $6,006.13 (Rs 4.07 lakhs) for obtaining the company’s webmaster tools. Ved managed to obtain this soon after he purchased Google’s domain name in September 2015 for $12. He managed to own Google for a minute. Google, shortly afterwards, cancelled the sale.
However, Sanmay Ved stressed that he had donated the sum to charity. After hearing this, Google doubled the amount. Sanmay Ved iterated that he had never entered the programme with the aim of making money but wanted to donate it to the Art of Living India Foundation.
He elaborated about this in his blog post on LinkedIn. He said that he had chosen his award to be donated to the Art of Living’s education programme that runs 404 free schools over 18 states in India. It offers free education to over 39,200 children who live in slums, tribal and rural belts where child labour and poverty are widely prevalant.
Google had stated that researchers from throughout the world from countries including Great Britain, Poland, Germany, Romania, Israel, Brazil, the US, China, Russia and India had participated in its security rewards programme.
Last year, Google had offered $2 million in rewards to more than 300 people. The security rewards programme had begun in 2010 and witnessed Google offering more than $6 million in rewards thus far.