“I want to clarify that I entered https://nic.ar I saw the name of https://google.com.ar available and I legally bought it accordingly!” Nicolas Kuroña, the man who bought the country’s domain tweeted on wednessday night.
On wednessday, an Argentinian citizen bought th country’s google domain ‘google.com.ar’ for a mare 540 Argentine Pesos ($5.81) just a few hours after it’s ownership expired making it publicly available for any new buyer.
During that time, the whole country could not use the search engine ‘google.com.ar’.
The buy by Kuroña did not however affect Google’s international domain ‘www.google.com’
Google must have delayed to renew the donaim and luckily or unluckily Kuroña saw the opprtunity and bought it when it it appeared available to be bought after it apparently expired.
Argentine google users lamented about the website being down for a whole three hours but Kuroña’s tweet revealed the truth of the matter.
This could have happened because nic.ar does not support auto renewal of domains.
After the incident however, google recovered its domain and restored its services as confirmed by MarcoPress.