Argentina Loses Country's Google Domain After Random Citizen Buys it for $5

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Argentina Loses Country's Google Domain After Random Citizen Buys it for $5

This serves as a reminder to always put your Google domain on auto-renew.

On Wednesday night, an Argentinian purchased ownership of the country's Google domain for a mere 540 Argentine Peso which, according to today's exchange rate, equates $5.81 USD.

The domain apparently became available after its previous ownership expired the same day. This caused a temporary closedown of the search engine google.com.ar.

Yesterday at 10:45 p.m., Nicolas Kuroa, the alleged culprit, tweeted, "I want to clarify that I entered visit this link http://nic.ar I saw the name of visit this link http://google.com.ar available and I legally bought it accordingly!"

As reported by MercoPress, Kuroa's buying did not affect the international 'www.google.com.'

Such activity is termed "Cybersquatting," as reported by MercoPress, which refers to the act of holding, registering, buying or selling a domain in order to profit off of the rightful owner's name recognition. The expiration dates of domains are publicly available and can easily be obtained through registration sites like nic.ar.

It is possible that Google Argentina simply forgot to renew the domain google.com.ar and, during the short lapse, Kuroa saw the chance and took it.

"It is all legal!!," Kuroa tweeted.

Minutes after this activity, MarcoPress confirmed that Google Argentina successfully recovered its domain and soon restored service to users across the country.

In a Reddit thread about the incident, one user commented, "Whether it was a glitch or truly expired seems to be up for debate here."

Either way Google users in Argentina complained about the website being down for almost three hours and a*sumed a crash in the server, according to MercoPress. But Kuroa's tweet helped to clear things up later on.

Another user tweeted screenshots of the website being down, blaming nic.ar.

"This happens because nic.ar is SO SO SO bad that it doesn't support automatic renewals or multi-year buy like most domain registrations in the world," he tweeted.

The nic.ar site was down as well on Wednesday after the users discovered the incident through social media, reported MercoPress.

Newsweek reached out to Google who said they could not comment on the incident at this time.

Google has faced its share of controversies over the past few years as scrutiny of major tech brands continues to ramp up. Recently, they received backlash for partnering with the controversial organization Autism Speaks on a project to "cure" autism.

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 2 weeks ago '11        #2
Inspires  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I’m willing to negotiate

 2 weeks ago '06        #3
Storchaveli  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Wonder how they got it back. How much did they pay?

 2 weeks ago '18        #4
BrooklynDamien  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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They got the .crypto domain names that you own, you don't rent or lease them.

 2 weeks ago '06        #5
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 Storchaveli said
Wonder how they got it back. How much did they pay?
Supposedly Google had renewed the domain back in July and NIC Argentina, the organization responsible for .ar domains, had an issue that resulted in the domain being available.

NIC Argentina probably didn't have to pay anything. They probably just took it back, the same way J Crew will cancel an order when there is a pricing error.

Google definitely didn't pay anything. They would have just filed lawsuits against Nicolas related to cybersquatting and gotten the domain back. Imagine the amount of revenue lost each day by holding on to that domain and Google wanting it back in blood.

Interesting story but fu*k Nicolas anyway. He's a Trump supporter.

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 Inspires said
Im willing to negotiate
I don't know how much they would be willing to buy it. There's a tipping point where they'll just walk away and buy some other hostname, like

 2 weeks ago '20        #7
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What a king

 2 weeks ago '12        #8
TheConnect  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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Should have deleted all their source code

 2 weeks ago '05        #9
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 Storchaveli said
Wonder how they got it back. How much did they pay?
Probably less then 20 grand. They probably would just make a new domain if to outrageous

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