Earlier this month, we reported about Sanmay Ved, an ex-Google employee who bought the Google.com domain after he discovered it was for sale. For a measly sum of $12, he was able to own one of the most popular websites on earth, even receiving internal Google emails and domain notifications.
Despite only owning the website for a minute, Ved was given money as a part of Google’s White Hat hacking program, which pays bonuses to those who find exploits in the system.
But weeks after Google canceled his purchase, the company generously doubled the offer after Ved announced he would be awarding the money to charity. In an interview with Business Insider, the Bostonian says the money is not important to him.
“It was never about the money. I also want to set an example that it’s people who want to find bugs that it’s not always about the money.”
The money will go to “The Art of Living India” foundation, an NGO which focuses on providing schooling to impoverished areas. While the exact amount was undisclosed, Ved hinted the amount was upwards of $10,000. This would provide at least 64 children with education, inclusive of education, transport, food, medical expenses and supplies for an entire year.
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