If you’re a user of the venerable, powerful and popular open source programming language Perl, you’ll almost certainly have visited its official website at some point, at:
You may very well also have visited its sister site
perl.com, which until very recently looked like this:
The About page of
perl.com used to introduce the website as follows:
Well, be careful out there, folks!
It looks as though the
perl.com domain has been taken over, though by whom is hard to say, given that the domain registration is now hidden behind a DNS privacy-guarding proxy.
The domain name registration was last updated two days ago, and is now valid for 10 more years from that date:
Domain Name: perl.com Registry Domain ID: 432086_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.rrpproxy.net Registrar URL: http://www.key-systems.net Updated Date: 2021-01-27T12:43:15Z Creation Date: 1994-08-16T04:00:00Z Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2031-01-26T15:26:42Z Registrar: Key-Systems GmbH [...] Registry Registrant ID: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Registrant Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Registrant Organization: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY [...] Registrant City: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Registrant State/Province: Chisinau Registrant Postal Code: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Registrant Country: MD [Moldova] [...] Admin Name: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Admin Organization: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY [...] Admin City: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Admin State/Province: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Admin Postal Code: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY Admin Country: REDACTED FOR PRIVACY
Our chums over at The Register examined the now-dysfunctional domain yesterday [2021-01-28], and noted that name service (DNS) lookup for
perl.com was being handled by domain name brokers Afternic, whom El Reg spotted were themselves offering
perl.com for sale for a lofty price of $190,000.
Today [2021-01-29], the name servers show up as follows:
$ dig @22.214.171.124 perl.com ns [...] ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;perl.com. IN NS ;; ANSWER SECTION: perl.com. 3600 IN NS ns2.namefind.com. perl.com. 3600 IN NS ns1.namefind.com. [...]
Right now, neither Namefind nor Afternic seems to be trying to sell off the
perl.com name, though at either of those sites you can pick up perly for $9999, perlsite for $4999, or perlmagic for just $2499.
Quite what happened to the
perl.com domain name we don’t yet know.
However, The Register insists, on what it says is good authority, that until just before this latest change, the domain’s contact details were listed publicly, with the admin of the domain given as well-known Perl luminary Tom Christiansen.
Whether the original registrants will be able to recover this domain remains to be seen (it certainly seems that they did not intend to dispose of it), but we do know that whoever currently controls it now has it registered for a further decade.
So, if you’re a Perl fan, we recommend you steer clear of the
perl.com domain unless and until the All Clear is sounded on it.
Although it looks blank and mostly harmless today, and although the HTTPS version of the site is not working at all right now, who knows what content might show up there in the future?