Random Argentinian Buys Local Google Domain for Around 4$

A man from Argentina claimed ownership of the google.com.ar domain for R$ 540 (US $ 3.85 ) after it was reported to have expired on Wednesday.

Nicolas David Kuroña’s purchase led to a temporary shutdown of the search engine ending in .ar.

“I want to clarify that I entered nic.ar I saw the name of google.com.ar available and I legally bought it as appropriate!. It is all legal !” said Kuroña on his Twitter account.

Users from Argentina complained about the shutdown for at least three hours and suspected that the server had crashed.

Kuroña’s purchase however did not affect the international “www.google.com” domain.

Google was reportedly able to recover the domain minutes after Kuroña bought it. 

The Open Data Córdoba group, which tracks expired Argentine domains said the Argentinian Google domain was supposed to expire on July and had no Idea how Kuroña was able to purchase it. 

Google has not yet commented on the incident or released a statement. 


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