A hacker named Sam Curry admitted to receiving a remittance of USD 250,000 from Google, even though he never worked for the technology giant.
Curry, who currently also works as a security engineer at crypto company Yuga Labs, shared his confusing experience on Twitter. It also includes screenshots of payment transactions worth USD 249,999.
“It’s been over 3 weeks since Google suddenly sent me $249,999 and I still haven’t heard anything in the support queue,” Curry said in a tweet. /2022).
“Is there a way we can communicate @Google? It’s okay if you don’t want it back,” he continued.
As a hacker, Curry said he often participates in bug bounty programs for big companies like Google. Hackers who follow bug bounties are usually paid by companies to look for security holes that could potentially be exploited.
Even so, Curry claimed he couldn’t link the money sent to his bank account to Google’s bug bounty program. He then concluded that Google accidentally sent the money to his account.
Curry said he only kept the money in his account in case Google asked for it back. Curry also warned Google that if it didn’t respond immediately, it might transfer the money to another account to avoid taxes.
Unfortunately, Curry couldn’t keep the USD 249,999 for much longer as a result of Google would withdraw it. A Google spokesman said the payment error occurred due to “human error”.
“Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party due to human error,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
“We appreciate that it was quickly communicated to us by the affected partners, and we are working to remedy this.”