Google has paid 250, 000 dollars to a self-described hacker by mistake
According to allegations, Google paid a self-described hacker $250,000. Self-proclaimed hacker Sam Curry reportedly attends school. On the microblogging platform Twitter, he presents himself as a staff security engineer and hacker and states that he runs a blog to discuss online application security. Sam Curry discovered a flaw in Tesla as well.
Sam Curry used the microblogging platform to announce the news of the Google Prize. He stated in a tweet that he has yet to learn the explanation behind the prize he received about a month ago. The security engineer who shared the transaction screenshot wished to speak with the powerful search engine. Curry says that he has not yet made a connection, even though he has worked with the most popular search engine to find security flaws.
“It’s been a little over 3 weeks since Google randomly sent me $249,999 and I still haven’t heard anything on the support ticket. Is there any way we could get in touch with @Google? “he wrote on his Twitter handle.
The search engine industry leader has since clarified the situation with a statement. It has been made clear that the transaction went wrong because of a human error. In a statement, Google stated that it is taking action to correct the error. Sam Curry was also commended by Google for bringing the problem to their attention. Due to a mistake made by one of our team members, we recently paid the incorrect person. A Google spokeswoman told NPR that they were glad the partner who was affected told them about the problem right away and that they were working to fix it.
Sam Curry has emphasized that the $250,000 he received from Google has not been used for any purpose. Google reportedly paid out 696 bug finders in the preceding year. According to reports, the search engine awarded 8.7 million dollars in 2021, which is 30% more than the 6.7 million dollars it awarded in 2020.
According to reports, Chrome has the most vulnerabilities discovered in 2021. In comparison to the prior year, there were 10% more browser vulnerabilities reported overall in 2021. As a result, Google paid out over 3.3 million dollars to 115 researchers as compensation for spotting the errors. According to reports, vulnerabilities exist in both the Android operating system from Google and the iOS operating system. According to reports, the internet giant paid nearly twice as much for finding vulnerabilities in 2017.