A former Google employee was extremely surprised when the world famous – Google.com domain was listed as available for him to purchase.
The former employee of was shocked when he successfully purchased the Google.com domain. The world famous search engine domain was sold to him for a mere 12 US Dollars.
The former employee named Sanmay Ved was using the search engines new domain sale service when he tried inserting the search engines address.
He was in a state of shock when the domain showed up as available to buy. He then proceeded by selecting the ‘add to cart’ button,
He said: "I was hoping I would get an error at some time saying transaction did not go through, but I was able to complete the purchase, and my credit card was actually charged."
Once the purchase had gone through and his credit card was debited, he received two emails confirming the purchase of Google.com
Ownership was officially transferred to him, but minutes later he received an email from Google saying they had cancelled the order.
Mr Ved - a former Google employee - says he has contacted the firm's security team to alert them to the breach.
The incident has echoes of an embarrassing lapse by Microsoft in 2003, when it forgot to renew its Hotmail.co.uk domain name.
It was returned to the open market when ownership expired, and bought by a member of the public.
Thankfully for Microsoft, they had good intentions and immediately contacted the firm and arranged to hand it over.
Google recently rebranded itself as Alphabet, bringing all of its subsidiaries - including the Google search engine - under one umbrella organisation.
Yet Alphabet.com is owned by car manufacturer BMW, an apparent oversight by the tech giant.