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ENS domain name expires because developer is in jail, up for grabs in September.

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ENS domain name expires because developer is in jail, up for grabs in September.

The Ethereum Name Service Decentralized Autonomous Organization (ENS DAO) domain, eth.linknow shows an empty page with a banner saying the domain has expired because the only person who can renew it is in jail.

See related article: What is ENS (Ethereum Name Service) and how does it work?

Fast facts

  • Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was sentenced to 63 months in prison and fined US$100,000 in April for helping North Korean actors violate international sanctions using cryptocurrency.
  • GoDaddy Domain Registrar posted a review on its website on Friday, advising that the domain expired on July 26 and will be available for purchase by anyone once it returns to the public registry on September 5.
  • GoDaddy initially allowed Griffith’s attorney to renew the domain in his absence, but eventually reversed that decision.
  • The ENS works as a Web3 version of the Domain name service; it’s a readable username that’s traceable across dApps and blockchains, allowing users to have a single “.eth” domain that can be used to send cryptocurrency instead of typing the whole portfolio sequence.
  • The ENS DAO community has informed users to switch to another community managed domain, eth.limo, until the issue is resolved.
  • The number of ENS addresses recently surpassed 2 million amid excitement surrounding Ethereum’s upcoming “merger”.

See related article: What’s in a name? Creation of Ethereum domain names doubles in four months

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