Last week at around 1:20 AM on Tuesday, perhaps not all that strangely for someone surfing the web so late, Sanmay Ved found something rather interesting. Ved, an ex-Google Display Specialist and Account Strategist, found listed on Google Domains, Google.com.
Google Domains is still in beta, but it’s googles attempt at domain registration service. One of the first things you see when vistting the site is “From 12$ a year”, and that’s exactly what Ved found google.com listed for.
While Ved’s ownership may have been brief, he said that his credit card was charged and that google.com showed up in his order history. His ownership was basically confirmed when he was flooded with emails concerning the change of ownership from other sites tied to Google.
Luckily for Google, they noticed almost immediately and, because they owned the site where he purchased the domain, were able to cancel the sale in just about 1 minuet. Ved may have missed out on owning Google.com, but he was refunded his full $12 and got 15 minuets of fame so all’s well that ends well.
Ved got in contact with Google’s security team who acknowledged the incident. A spokesperson for Google reportedly told Business Insider that they are investigating what caused this to happen but still haven’t found anything out of the ordinary yet.