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How Someone Acquired the Google.com Domain Name For a Single Minute 70

An anonymous reader writes with the story of how Sanmay Ved bought "Google.com" even though it only lasted a minute. BGR reports:We've all been there: It's nearly 2 in the morning and you're cruising around the Internet looking for new domain names to purchase. I mean, talk about a cliched night, right? Now imagine that during the course of your domain browsing, you unexpectedly discover that the holy grail of domain names — Google.com — is available for purchase for the low, low price of just $12. Testing fate, you attempt to initiate a transaction. Dare I say, you're feeling a little bit lucky. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, the transaction goes through and the vaunted and the highly valuable Google domain is in your possession. While this might read like a ridiculous plot summary from some horrible piece of nerd fiction, this series of events above, believe it or not, actually happened to former Googler Sanmay Ved earlier this week.
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How Someone Acquired the Google.com Domain Name For a Single Minute

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 01, 2015 @10:23PM (#50641535)

    If the nameservers never reflected this change, this is just an accounting issue. He never had control of the domain.

    Yawn..nothing to see here.

    • by slimjim8094 ( 941042 ) <<slashdot3> <at> <justconnected.net>> on Thursday October 01, 2015 @10:39PM (#50641619)

      No, he never owned the domain. google.com is registered through 2020 so the registry (Verisign) would've refused, and they certainly wouldn't have allowed the delegation to change. Even their system thought he had the domain for less than 1 minute. Clearly just a glitch.

      • by mysidia ( 191772 ) on Thursday October 01, 2015 @11:57PM (#50641919)

        would've refused, and they certainly wouldn't have allowed the delegation to change.

        Unless Google was doing something whacky like running their Google domains service he bought the domain through on the same nameservers that the Google.com zone was hosted on, And allowing the buyer to edit their existing zone contents without needing to change the list of nameservers.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Actually, not more than two weeks ago I noticed it was due to expire this year. So, check your facts, Jack.

  • So? (Score:4, Informative)

    by Dereck1701 ( 1922824 ) on Thursday October 01, 2015 @10:43PM (#50641641)

    Even if you did manage to purchase a major domain what would it get you? For better or worse every case I've heard of where some individual was trying to elicit large amounts from a company/organization by sitting on a domain, the companies, without too much difficulty, took possession of a domain that related significantly to their company/organization. I suppose some companies would pay a bit to avoid litigation but not too much as they can get it with a little time and effort.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... [wikipedia.org]

    • Re:So? (Score:5, Informative)

      by PRMan ( 959735 ) on Thursday October 01, 2015 @11:40PM (#50641861)
      Ever been to http://nissan.com/ [nissan.com]?
      • by KGIII ( 973947 )

        I can't believe they're still going after him. Well, they were the last time I checked his site. He's spent a fortune - I hope he recoups his financial losses while still young enough to spend them.

        • Their (the automotive company) lawyers are salaried no doubt. That company will just keep grinding him down to bankruptcy until he's forced to give up the domain.

          • by KGIII ( 973947 )

            I sent him a donation quite a while ago but, come to think of it, I'm in much, much, better financial shape than I was when he was first asking. We're talking way way back like early 2000s or so as I recall. Maybe as recent as ten years ago. That's a long time in the internet world. Not so very long a time in the legal realm.

            I think I can contact him to see about making an actual realistic donation. I'd prefer to not push a large sum through an online vending company but a direct bank transfer will work. I

    • by mysidia ( 191772 )

      ... every case I've heard of where some individual was trying to elicit large amounts from a company/organization by sitting on a domain, the companies, without too much difficulty, took possession of a domain that related significantly to their company/organization.

      Ah, but there are likely many cases we did not hear of, because the squatter was successful, and confidentiality might have been a condition of the settlement.

      Someone could buy up a name like Google because they liked how it sounded, or

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      I had a dream about owning hotmail.com once. First I turned it into a porn-by-email site, and when Microsoft complained I turned it into my own email site. Of course because all the sign ups were new people would register boll@hotmail.com and start getting the old Bill's email.

      Even for me that was a weird one.

      • I had a dream about owning hotmail.com once. First I turned it into a porn-by-email site, and when Microsoft complained I turned it into my own email site. Of course because all the sign ups were new people would register boll@hotmail.com and start getting the old Bill's email.

        Isn't that how hotmail works now?

    • Re:So? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by Big Hairy Ian ( 1155547 ) on Friday October 02, 2015 @06:57AM (#50643155)

      Back in 2002 Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) were planning to massively re-brand themselves as Intruducingmonday.com, however, they forgot to register the .co.uk! Big mistake as it was soon registered by Rob Manuel of b3ta.com [b3ta.com] and USVSTH3M [usvsth3m.com] who quickly put a flash video largely consisting of Two Fingered salutes and Donkeys and a song with lyrics like "La la la we've got your name" and "We like donkeys". This quickly went viral resulting in PWC abandoning their re-branding efforts (Not sure if heads rolled or not) and b3ta.com getting thousands of new members.

      So yes you can do quite a bit if you manage to purchase an important domain

  • It says the guy loves Google. Who the hell loves Google eh?

    Fake...

  • by 93 Escort Wagon ( 326346 ) on Friday October 02, 2015 @03:31AM (#50642575)

    We've all been there: It's nearly 2 in the morning and you're cruising around the Internet looking for new domain names to purchase.

    Actually, no - I can't say I've ever done this. It seems like a colossal waste of time.

    • by dotancohen ( 1015143 ) on Friday October 02, 2015 @04:41AM (#50642825) Homepage

      We've all been there: It's nearly 2 in the morning and you're cruising around the Internet looking for new domain names to purchase.

      Actually, no - I can't say I've ever done this. It seems like a colossal waste of time.

      I think that the process goes like this:
      01:00 am OKCupid.com
      01:30 am PornHub.com
      02:00 am ExpiredDomains.com

    • A waste of everyone's time and resources. Domain grabbers are scum.

      "Oh you'd like to use this as a project/company/blog name? You can't, cause I'm sitting on it, neener neener!"

    • We've all been there: It's nearly 2 in the morning and you're cruising around the Internet looking for new domain names to purchase.

      Actually, no - I can't say I've ever done this. It seems like a colossal waste of time.

      Exactly, more like "Only scummy domain squatters have been there:"

  • I succesfully captured google.com by adding it to my pcs host file with 127.0.0.1 .... that'll teach them!
  • actually, no... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by theonlyholle ( 720311 ) on Friday October 02, 2015 @04:41AM (#50642827) Homepage
    Just an attention seeking idiot, in my humble opinion. Just because a registrar's system will let you put a domain that's actually not available into the shopping basket and even lets you pay for it doesn't mean that you "owned" it at any point. It's like a real estate agent "selling" you the White House and accepting payment for it - doesn't mean that you now own it.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      he's a fucking MBA candidate. What do you expect? Because he can do something there's nothing from stopping this asshole from going ahead and trying to do it. He has visionary manager written all over him.

      • Meh.

        I mean, if something legitimately looked like it would make it possible to purchase google.com, for example, and it was a reputable site, then I would try it. Not because I would want to do evil, and not because I intend to cause harm. But only because I'm curious and would assume that it doesn't actually work, and the small part (ok, bigger than I'd like to think) of me that relates to this comic [xkcd.com] would be compelled to point out to the reputable vendor that something was obviously wrong with their sit

    • by Anonymous Coward

      He started getting notifications that would only go to the owner of the domain, so it seems clear that he really did "own" it, at least according to one of Google's servers.

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      but then he got Google Webmaster Tools to recognize him as the owner, and he was getting information.
      He owned it, legitimately, but then before any opportunity to do much harm, Google responded and use a clause that allowed them to revert ownership. Pointless? To some degree, yes. But, did he technically own it? Yes.
      Also, that he was getting some notices means that there was a security lapse.

  • Hey, I just bought the Eiffel tower.
    Yet another article on bogus crap.

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