Remember when someone bought the domain google.com? Google has finally revealed how much they paid him to buy back the domain.
In a blog post detailing the 2015 “Google Security Rewards,” the company wrote that they paid ex-Googler Samnay Ved $6,006.13 in true Google fashion.
Google asks you to look carefully at that number, because yes, it does kind of spell out ‘Google’.
During October 2015, Ved was researching about the Google Domains interface when he discovered that google.com was available to purchase.
Detailed in a LinkedIn post, he explained how he bought the domain for $12 a year, a purchase that was followed by an order cancellation email from Google Domains soon after.
It hasn’t been made clear how Google lost the domain name, but Ved eventually contacted Google Securities about the incident. Google Securities got back to Ved, offering a cash reward.
When Google Securities found out Ved would be donating the money to a charity organization, the Art of Living India foundation, Google doubled the reward amount.