IIT Manipur Student Didn’t Hack Google’s Website and Wasn’t Offered a Job by IT Giant… – FactCrescendo


Ritu Raj Choudhary himself clarified that the viral message is false. He clearly mentioned that he was not offered any jobs by Google and that he did not hack Google.

A viral social media post claimed that a second year student from IIT Manipur named Ritu Raj Choudhary from Begusarai hacked Google for 52 seconds and sent himself a job offer letter with an annual fee of 3.66 crores. The post further claims that Ritu Raj enjoyed his own abilities on behalf of Google. The messages claim, “Ritu Raj had emailed Google about a potential bug, through which he could hack it. Realizing their technical fault at Google, the company called Ritu Raj and offered him a real job. When they found out he didn’t have a passport, Google contacted the Indian government and arranged it within 2 hours. Finally, this message also mentions that Ritu Raj will be flying to America in a private jet.

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We started our investigation by doing a keyword search on Google, which led us to a report published by Times of India which clearly stated that Ritu Raj Choudhary had identified a bug in Google and reported this bug to the company. The report also states that he was identified as one of Google’s bug hunters and placed him among the list of researchers. The report states that Ritu Raj is a second year student of IIIT Manipur and not IIT Manipur.

The Times of India spoke to Ritu Raj who told them the bug “could be enough to allow hackers to break in and access the data and compromise the privacy associated with it”.

Nowhere does the article mention that Google offered him a job or that he himself hacked Google.

Speaking to Ritu Raj, the Lallantops released a report in which they asked him about the claims that have gone viral about him. When asked if Google offered him a job, Ritu Raj made it clear that Google didn’t offer him any jobs. He also mentioned that he didn’t hack Google. Instead, he just discovered a Google bug, which Google also acknowledged. There is a difference between bug fixing and hacking. He also mentioned that he still did not have a passport.

Next, we searched Ritu Raj Choudhary’s LinkedIn profile where he posted a screenshot of the email he received from Google after accepting the P-2 bug. Additionally, he also posted clarification on the viral allegations on his LinkedIn profile. He mentioned “I haven’t received any package or job offers from google or hacking, it was just a bug I reported, that’s all and currently I’m only a 2nd year Btech student, so… This news is fake.”

Ritu Raj also commented on a viral post calling it fake.


Fact Crescendo found the viral claim made with the image on social media to be false. Ritu Raj Choudhary didn’t hack Google instead, he just reported a bug. Ritu Raj himself clarified that he had not received any job offers from Google.


Title:IIT Manipur Student did not hack Google website and was not offered a job by the IT giant…

Fact check by: Aavya Ray

Results: Fake

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