This is probably not good. While there are more important concerns surrounding Libya these days, it’s surely something to watch. April fool’s? I doubt it.
Currently the Libyan Spider domain registry site is displaying this message, and nothing else:
March, 31. 2011
Dear LS clients,
Our servers have been shut down by softlayer.com
We are currently trying to resolve this issue. They believe we fall under the blocked list of the UN/US sanctions.
We are a private company run by ordinary citizens that have no affiliation with the government. We are currently trying to resolve this issue as soon as possible. This is out of our hands until softlayer.com can reactivate our servers. Please contact them too to show them that you too are affected by this shutdown.
We really are sorry that this error of judgement has occurred. It is a complete injustice to us. They shut us down without even checking to see if we fell under that category. We will release a statement shortly.
Please email us at [email protected]
We hope that this issue will be resolved soon.
CEO Libyan Spider, LLC.
Update: I have reached out to SoftLayer PR and legal teams but have not yet heard back. Also, calls to the address where libyanspider.com is actually registered (Canada) only got me comments from a friend of his, as Mr. Naser was travelling. He mentioned he believed there was indeed an office in Libya but that there are also operations in Canada. Hmm.
Update 2: This note from CEO Naser
Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 4:46:07 PM CST
Dear LS Clients,
We have resolved the issue and all our servers are back. Thank you to everyone who supports us, thank you to Softlayer for understanding our setuation.
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