Google accidentally sent a quarter of a million dollars to a blogger and security engineer, who says he waited almost a month for a response from the company. Sam Curry tweeted on Wednesday that the tech giant “randomly” transferred $249,999 to him, along with a screenshot.
It’s been just over 3 weeks since Google randomly sent me $249,999 and I still haven’t heard from the support ticket. Is there a way to get in touch with @Google? , Curry tweeted Tuesday along with a screenshot of the transaction. He added: “It’s okay if you don’t want it back.”
A personnel security engineer at Yuga Labs, Curry said he sometimes does bug hunting for companies, including Google. These are people paid to help companies and other organizations find vulnerabilities in their software. But he says he couldn’t link the bug hunting for Google to the amount paid into his bank account.
Curry could spend the money, but he said he was just keeping it in case Google tries to get it back. He added that if Google took too long to get it back, it might have to transfer the money to a separate account to avoid paying taxes on it.
Eventually, Curry guessed that Google probably paid him off accidentally. Turns out he was right. In a statement, a Google spokesperson said: Our team recently made a payment to the wrong party due to human error. We appreciate the fact that the partner concerned has quickly communicated this to us and we are endeavoring to correct it. The company intended to recover the money, the spokesman said.
For his part, Curry said he was curious to know how often this kind of incident occurs at Google and what systems the company has in place to detect similar errors. Thursday afternoon, he said he still had the money in his account.
A similar incident was reported last month when Crypto.com, a cryptocurrency exchange, accidentally transferred over $10 million to a woman instead of $100. However, it took the company seven months to catch the error, during which time it had spent or transferred large sums.
Source: NPR, Twitter
What do you think ?
Human or user interface design error? Why ?
Would you have returned the money or would you have used it? what (investments, hobbies, etc.)?
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