The domain for the Ethereum Name Service Decentralized Autonomous Organization (ENS DAO),, now displays an empty page with a banner saying the domain has expired, as the only person with authority to renew it is in prison.

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 assisting North Korean actors to violate international sanctions through the use of cryptocurrency.
  • Domain registrar GoDaddy published a notice on its website on Friday advising the domain expired on July 26 and will be available for anyone to purchase once it re-enters the public registry on Sept. 5.
  • GoDaddy initially allowed Griffith’s lawyer to renew the domain in his absence, but ultimately reversed that decision.
  • ENS operates like a Web3 version of the Domain Name Service; it is a readable username that is traceable across dApps and blockchains, allowing users to have a single “.eth” domain which can be used to send cryptocurrency instead of typing out the entire wallet sequence.
  • The ENS DAO community has advised users to switch over to another community-operated domain,, until the issue is resolved.
  • The number of ENS addresses recently surpassed 2 million amid the excitement surrounding the coming Ethereum “Merge.” 

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