As you are probably aware of, there is heavy fighting going on the streets of the Libyan capital Tripoli right now. As of today there is no telephone connection with the city.
By a silly joke, Ali Monder, an alleged fighter, has replaced only one file on the official web page of the nic.ly web site:
The rest of nic.ly site functions normally, e.g., http://nic.ly/whois.php and all other pages work well, except for the home page of nic.ly.
Of course this raises some concerns among .LY users.
Let us assure .LY community that this is only a bad joke, caused by natural overdose of adrenaline in these exceptional circumstances, and by no means a real threat to the .LY zone for the following reasons.
First of all, only one page of nic.ly site was defaced.
Secondly, the root servers that actually store the information about the other .ly sites are not compromised.
As was published earlier by Hootsuite, there are five .LY root servers, two located in Libya, two in the U.S., and one in Europe.
The root servers located in the LTT building were off and on during the last six months since the war broke out. When they are cut of the Internet, as they were in the past on many occasions, the rest of the world is still using the other three servers located in the safe locations on other continents to acquire information about requested .LY sites.
In fact, unless, you are geographically close to Tripoli, i.e., in Africa, your computer would not normally acquire DNS date via the Tripoli root servers, but rather via those closer to you.
The defaced page will be removed as soon as the order is restored on the streets of Tripoli, and LTT building returns to its normal routine, so that the registry staff can gain access to the server that is hosting nic.ly web site.
We will keep you informed about the progress. Please tune in to this blog and .LY fan page on Facebook for the timely updates on the matter.
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