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  • 16.10.2021
 This student made over £7,500 from Google in only a few hours
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This student made over £7,500 from Google in only a few hours

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Google has helped one student get rich quick - but not in the way you might think. 

Unfortunately the $10,000 USD fortune wasn't earned as easily as searching 'how to make money fast'.

Uruguayan high school student Ezaquiel Pereira spotted a loophole in Google's back-end servers that could grant attackers access to its private data. 
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In a post explaining how he did it, he wrote: 

On July 11th, I was bored, so I tried to find some bug at Google. 

As you do. 
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Pereira played around with the website - or, in other words, did a lot of confusing stuff that most of us won't understand. 

Soon enough he stumbled across the words 'Google Confidential'. 

At this point I stopped poking at the website and reported the issue right away. 
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Just a few hours later, Google emailed him praising the "nice catch". 

Pereira stayed modest, thinking to himself:

Cool, this is probably a small thing that isn't worth a dime.
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But a few weeks later, Google contacted him again with the true value of his find.

In what must have read at first like a spam email, they said: 

As part of  Google's Vulnerability Reward Program, this panel has decided to issue a reward of $10,000. 
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Pereira was gobsmacked: 

I got $10,000 US dollars just for changing the Host header!!!

The bug has been fixed now, and, according to Google, the large reward was because they found a few variants that would have allowed an attacker to access sensitive data. 
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Good luck to Pereira in his dream of becoming a security researcher - though his track record suggests he probably won't need it. 
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