On Wednesday, an Argentine web consumer shortly purchased the nation’s Google area after its registry apparently lapsed in renewal by Google Argentina. The acquisition brought about a brief closure of the search engine google.com.ar.
The one that seized the area, Nicolas Kuroña, solely paid 540 Argentina Peso, which equals about $5.80 USD. Kuroña tweeted “I need to make clear that enter http://nic.ar I noticed the title of http://google.com.ar obtainable and legally purchase it accordingly!” The acquisition might need been an occasion of cybersquatting—the observe of registering names, particularly well-known firm or model names, as web domains, within the hope of reselling them at a revenue.
— Nicolas David Kuroña (@Argentop) April 22, 2021
There have been a number of experiences of the area being down for about three hours, however quickly after Kuroña tweeted, Google Argentina efficiently restored the area and reopened service to customers throughout the nation. Whereas there’s nonetheless some debate over whether or not or not this all occurred on account of a glitch or an precise lapse, it had no impact on the worldwide www.google.com area.
Let this be a lesson: go make certain your domains are all on auto-renew.