September 30, 2022
Google Accidentally Cuts 0K Check to Tech Expert

A self-proclaimed hacker and security expert was sent nearly $250,000 by Google in a lapse — and the company failed to resolve the issue for nearly a month, even immediately contacted by dumbfounded tech whiz Even after leaving.

Sam Curry — a security professional at Era Labs, which develops NFTs and digital collectibles — saw a $249,999 increase in his bank account at the end of August, he said.

The bug bounty hunter often looks for flaws and vulnerabilities in software for companies including Google, but said it hasn’t done any recent work for them.

He did not spend his unearned earnings and immediately contacted the company, but did not receive a response from Google for weeks. He said that last Thursday also he had money in his account.

“It’s okay if you don’t want it back,” Curry tweeted.

The company finally admitted its mistake late last week and instructed Curry to return the money.

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Google finally admitted its mistake late last week and instructed Curry to refund the money.
AP

“Our team recently paid the wrong party as a result of human error,” a Google spokesperson told The Post on Monday. “We appreciate that we were quickly notified by the affected partner, and we are working to correct this.”

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