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Can't find Libya on a map? Try finding it online!

It’s a cyber mystery! Libya has disappeared from the Internet and no one seems to be able to explain why, according to a report by Internet news site, The Register.

According to The Register, late on Friday, all .ly domains ceased to function and the administrative and technical contact for the country's Internet presence stopped answering phone calls or emails.

Intriguingly,, which is the Macclesfield-based company charged with selling all .ly domains, put out an email on Friday which read:

"It is with regret that we have to inform you, that due to unilateral action by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority the Domain Name Servers that host the zone files for the ccTLD .ly have been disabled.

"The ccTLD .ly has made repeated official requests to the above authority to relocate the Name Servers to an independent environment, to ensure the continued operation of the .ly zone. Unfortunately, these requests, so far, have been declined by IANA.”

"Despite our best efforts to maintain the continued operation of the .ly zone, its failure today is totally outside our control.”

And indeed, the Register's research confirms that Libya's top-level domain doesn't appear to point anywhere at all.

It should have primary and secondary name servers where all the details of .ly domains are contained. But there's nothing.

Has Libya disappeared from the Internet without trace?

IANA is a California-based organisation that decides how Internet domains are allocated world-wide. Its role was, and is supposed to be, completely technical and non-political.

Although, according to our friends at The Register, there have been a number of disturbing incidents over the past few years, where the Internet overseeing organisation ICANN has used the IANA function to move country domains in order to persuade people to sign up to a contract that would recognise ICANN as the ultimate authority in Internet matters.

Has IANA again been used to attempt to force people into behaving how it wants?

If so, in this case, it has caused an entire country to be taken off the Internet - something that someone will surely have to explain.

And if that is the case, it has set an extremely dangerous precedent.

Unfortunately, it has so far been impossible to verify what is going on. is not talking. Neither are IANA and ICANN. Whilst, presumably, the Libyans themselves are having difficulties retrieving their e-mail.

Source: The Register

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