It is hard to know exactly how much money the researchers had, but the results they had showed how much people were willing to pay to access a Google product.
The researchers said their findings suggested that the vulnerability could have been exploited by people to access confidential information or to hack into a server.
Google has since said it patched the issue.
“There was a lot of work done by this group of researchers to get a lot more information,” said Rob Walker, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University who was not involved in the study.
“That’s not an uncommon process in cybersecurity.”
He said it was hard to tell exactly how big a risk Google was taking with its systems because the researchers could not show how the bug was used.
“I think the best way to look at it is that it was a small number of people with very limited resources who were able to exploit this vulnerability and exploit their way into Google’s network,” Walker said.
The group said they had identified a few other vulnerabilities in Google products that were still open to exploitation, including the one in Google Wallet.
Google said the company was aware of the exploit and is working with security researchers to address the issue, which is being fixed as a service.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The vulnerability has been in Google since 2011 and was patched in October.
Google, however, has been working with several security researchers around the world to fix the bug and said that it had issued a patch for the issue in February.
Walker said that the flaw had also been exploited on the Facebook Messenger app and had also impacted other popular social networks, including Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
Facebook and Google have also patched the vulnerability.
Google does not currently have an internal fix for the vulnerability and has not provided details on how it was exploited.
“Google’s software security team is working on this issue right now and we are taking this very seriously,” a spokesperson for Google told CBC News.