Accidental Crorepati! In shocking move, Google paid Rs. 2 crore to a hacker | Tech News

Accidental Crorepati! In shocking move, Google paid Rs. 2 crore to a hacker

Google has accidently paid Rs. 2 crore to a hacker and turned him into an accidental crorepati. Here is how he responded.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Sep 18 2022, 12:21 IST
Google accidently paid Rs. 2 crore to a hacker. Check details.
Google accidently paid Rs. 2 crore to a hacker. Check details. (Sam Curry (@samwcyo)/ Twitter)

In a shocking development, it has been revealed that Google has mistakenly paid a huge amount of Rs. 2 crore to a hacker, turning him into an accidental crorepati. What is worse, Google even forgot to take it back! The information was shared by the hacker himself. The self proclaimed hacker named Sam Curry (@samwcyo) even asked if there is any way he could get in touch with Google regarding the matter. Taking to his Twitter account he shared a screenshot and wrote, "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 @Google? (it's OK if you don't want it back...)." Of course, the payment is in dollars (just under a quarter of a million dollars) and when rounded off in rupees, it runs into crores.

According to the screenshot shared by him, it can be seen that he has received $250,000 (approximately Rs. 2 crore) from Google in the month of August. What is more interesting is that the hacker himself is unaware of the reason why he received such a big amount from the tech giant.

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Who is Sam Curry?

According to the information shared by Curry over his Twitter bio, he is a self proclaimed hacker, runs a blog to explain web application security, and is a staff security engineer at Yuga Labs. "Hacker, bug bounty hunter, run a blog to better explain web application security. Staff Security Engineer @yugalabs," his Twitter bio read.

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What Google said

According to a report by NPR, Google confirmed that it had made the payment accidentally saying it was a result of human error. “Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party as the result of human error. We appreciate that it was quickly communicated to us by the impacted partner, and we are working to correct it,” a Google spokesperson told NPR.

How Twitter users reacted

The incident left Twitter users amazed. Here is how they reacted and commented on the post.

1. "Am curious about the payer name. Is that an edited nickname or did “Google Llc Edi Pymnts” send you the money? Because if it is the latter, then it sounds like someone is impersonating Google?"

2. "Be careful. There is a scam where people put money into your account. You send the money back to them, only to they've applied for a loan in your name that you still have to pay back, but you've given away the money. Make sure it is you who initiates contact. Verify identity!"

3. "I would call the FBI and let them know. If this is a scam they can help if it's not they can provide documents you provided the i for@action in advance. May want to call IRS also. If the feds start looking into 1/4 million dollar transaction it will speed things up."

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First Published Date: 18 Sep, 12:21 IST
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