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Special Notice
15 Jun 2022

We refer to Member of Parliament and Chairman of the COPE Charitha Herath’s recent statement implying that the LK Domain Registry transferred from the Moratuwa University to a private company, as a result of some surreptitious move made by some individuals for personal gain.

We would like to categorically state that this entity is not a private company nor a state owned enterprise. It is a company limited by guarantee, most often known as a not-for-profit organisation.

We enclose a concise profile of LK Domain Registry which will give you a clear understanding of its origins and how it functions.

LK Domain Registry Profile

History

Domain Name registrations for .com etc. were originally carried out by the ARPANET Network Information Center (NIC), established by the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the US Department of Defence. Country code domains were assigned by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, IANA in the US, to persons involved in the Internet of each country. Accordingly, the .LK domain was first assigned in 1990 to Dr. Gihan Dias, who was then in California, USA and operated the domain from there. He initially held the position of Domain Registrar of the .LK Domain Registry and later became its CEO.

Dr. Dias assumed duties at the University of Moratuwa in 1992, as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Engineering. As a member of the academic staff, he personally handled the LK Domain Registry, with the support of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering of the University.

However, as the Internet began to grow in Sri Lanka and across the world, Dr. Dias requested the Computer and Information Technology Council (CINTEC) to assume policy and financial responsibilities for the .LK Domain. This was in 1996, and operational activities continued to be handled by Dr. Dias, from the Computer Science & Engineering Department of Moratuwa University. The University was paid a fee in lieu of the facilities used by the Registry.

In October 2001, the Internet Committee of CINTEC submitted a proposal to set up an independent body to administer .LK, while assuring that they would continue to set policy, in line with international practices. This was to be short lived because CINTEC closed down after the passing of the ICT Agency (ICTA) act in mid-2003. The newly formed ICTA declined to take over the responsibilities of CINTEC in registering Internet domain names, and recommended that an independent body, with representation from ICTA, TRC and other relevant stakeholders, be formed to carry out domain registrations in .LK.

This resulted in the incorporation of LK Domain Registry as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 5th March 2004. Since there was no immediate need for separate business premises, the University of Moratuwa continued facilitating the operations of the Registry, with permission granted by its Vice Chancellor.

Therefore, the registered address of the LK Domain Registry continued as the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Moratuwa, on a temporary basis.

New Premises

However, in 2010, the University of Moratuwa needed the space occupied by the Registry for other activities and requested that the Registry move out of their premises. On 11th January 2011, the Registry moved into new business premises and has been operating outside the university since.

The Board

For purposes of transparency and good governance, and the need for government to be involved in internet policy, the Board of Management of the LK Domain Registry has always included:

  • A member nominated by the University of Moratuwa
  • A member nominated by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA), and
  • A member nominated by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC).

In addition, there are nominees from the Internet Society, Sri Lanka Chapter and the Licensed Internet Providers’ Association. Other persons of high repute, with thorough knowledge of the internet and who are active Internet users, are also selected to the Board. None of the Board members or the Chairman are paid any remuneration and are only paid an honorarium for board meetings. As a company limited by guarantee, no profits are paid to shareholders, and any surplus funds are used for the development of the Internet.

The LK Domain Registry continues to provide an efficient and reliable domain registration service, which is its primary function. At the same time, the registry supports Internet development, and works towards the overall improvement of the Internet in Sri Lanka.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Registry has contributed to building a society that is technology savvy, able to use tools to increase productivity, and encouraged the future generation to be innovators who would become positive contributors to society. The company has initiated a number of corporate social responsibility projects such as ‘Hithawathi’ and BestWeb.lk, which help to build responsible digital citizens. Training & awareness programs on the advantages and the proper use of the internet are conducted directly by the Registry as well as in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and other organisations.

The LK Domain Registry will continue to ensure that domain registrations are conducted in a professional manner. We will develop the internet, capturing new industry trends, and facilitating its effective use by our citizens.

Last modified on Thursday, 16 June 2022 02:53
SPECIAL NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
06 Dec 2021

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and the prevailing situation of the Country, we kindly request all our valued customers to use our web services at www.domains.lk and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in corresponding with us. We endeavor to attend to your queries and get back to you at our earliest. The Hot Line +94-114-216-061 will continue to operate as normal.

In respect of payments, we encourage to use the online payment options as much as possible. Please be advised that we have temporarily suspended accepting cash physically at our office. Meeting staff at the office is only possible with prior appointments.

All documents / cheques brought to LK office will have to be dropped off at the Bernard Business Park Security Desk.

Hence it is much appreciated if you could deposit cash / cheque from your nearest Sampath Bank Branch. Once the deposit is made, please ensure to inform us the same by login into My Account @ www.domains.lk.

We look forward to your fullest cooperation during these times and apologize for any inconvenience caused due to the above restrictions.

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 December 2021 10:32
Prof. V K Samaranayake Research Grants
02 Nov 2021

The following grants are available for full-time Masters and PhD candidates in Computer Science and IT registered in a university in Sri Lanka.

  • Conferences/Workshops and Journal Publication Grants for postgraduate students.
  • Top-up grants for postgraduate students who already have a grant from another source.
  • Short-stay grants to enable postgraduate students to do research in an overseas university with a co-supervisor.

For more information and application procedure please visit:https://domains.lk/index.php/outreach/research-grants

Prof VK Samaranayake Grants Flyer

Last modified on Tuesday, 02 November 2021 03:48

Congratulations to all the Winners !!!

The BestWeb.LK 2021 Overall Winners

Gold Award
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Silver Award
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Bronze Award
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Visit https://www.bestweb.lk/2021-winners/ for Winners of BestWeb.lk 2021.

Last modified on Wednesday, 04 August 2021 09:41
SPECIAL NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
03 May 2021

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and the prevailing situation of the Country, we kindly request all our valued customers to use our web services at www.domains.lk and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in corresponding with us. We endeavor to attend to your queries and get back to you at our earliest. The Hot Line +94-114-216-061 will continue to operate as normal.

In respect of payments, we encourage to use the online payment options as much as possible. Please be advised that we have temporarily suspended accepting cash physically at our office. Hence it is much appreciated if you could deposit cash / cheque from your nearest Sampath Bank Branch. Once the deposit is made, please ensure to inform us the same by login into My Account @ www.domains.lk.

Meeting staff at the office is only possible with prior appointments. Please ensure that all the other remote options have been exhausted before requesting an appointment.

All essential documents / cheques will have to be dropped off at the Bernard Business Park Security Desk.

We look forward to your fullest cooperation during these times and apologize for any inconvenience caused due to the above restrictions.

Last modified on Monday, 03 May 2021 04:27
Notice - Domain Registration System Issue
12 Feb 2021

As you may be aware, the LK Domain Registration System was shut down for maintenance following a cyber-attack last Saturday. We have identified shortcomings in our security mechanisms, and have updated our systems to mitigate these vulnerabilities. A number of other security improvements have also been implemented. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

The domain registration system is now back on-line, however this time limited services will be available. If you encounter any difficulties, please send a message, with a screenshot, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We recommend you reset your password by visiting My Profile > Change Password when you first log-in to the system.

Last modified on Sunday, 14 February 2021 02:38
Update 4 on Domain Registration System Issue of 6th February
12 Feb 2021

Update 4 on

Domain Registration System Issue of 6th February

2021-02-12

The LK Domain Registry maintains the Top-Level country code domains .LK, .ලංකා and .இலங்கை. In addition to the servers which run the domain name system - DNS, the Registry maintains a registration system through which customers may register new domains, renew domains, change details of their domains, etc.

In the early morning of Sat 6th February, we received an alert of unauthorised changes to some domain names in .lk. This was immediately investigated by our team, who determined that around 10 domain names had been modified to point to a new IP address. Access to the LK domain registration systems was restricted to prevent further damage. Once the changes were identified, our team immediately reverted the changes to their previous settings. This was completed within 90 minutes.

This issue was immediately reported to our security partner, TechCERT, who started investigations together with the LK technical and the operations teams. It was identified that the changes were done remotely by accessing the Domain Registration system. TechCERT was able to identify that the incident was done by:

  1. compromising of the credentials of one system user account and
  2. bypassing of the restrictions which normally prevent the admin interface from being accessed from the Internet.

There is no evidence of any other unauthorised access to our systems. We have also not found any evidence of changes to any .LK websites, or of any information being stolen from any other .LK websites. We have not found any substantial evidence that any malware had been distributed via the website pointed to by the attackers. However investigations are on-going.

Together with TechCERT, we have identified shortcomings in our security mechanisms, and have updated our systems to mitigate these vulnerabilities. A number of other security improvements have also been implemented. Our domain registration systems are now back on-line. If you have any issue in using our systems, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. together with a screenshot if needed.  If you need any further information or assistance, please call us on 0114-216-061 or contact us on the above e-mail address.

When you first log-in to the system after it is back on-line, we recommend you reset your password by visiting My Profile > Change Password .

We are continuing our investigations, and will issue further updates as needed. We thank you for your patience and support during this incident, and assure you of our continued commitment to provide reliable domain registry services.

Domain Registrar
LK Domain Registry

Last modified on Friday, 12 February 2021 03:24
Domain Registration System Issue of 6th February
11 Feb 2021

Update 3 on Domain Registration System Issue of 6th February
2021-02-10

The LK Domain Registry maintains the Top-Level country code domains .LK, .ලංකා and .இலங்கை. In addition to the servers which run the domain name system - DNS, the Registry maintains a registration system through which customers may register new domains, renew domains, change details of their domains, etc.

In the early morning of Sat 6th February, we received an alert of unauthorised changes to some domain names in .lk. This was immediately investigated by our team, who determined that around 10 domain names had been modified to point to a new IP address. Access to the LK domain registration systems were temporarily restricted to prevent further damage. Once the changes were identified, our team immediately reverted the changes to their previous settings. This was completed within 90 minutes.

This issue was immediately reported to our security partner, TechCERT, who immediately started the investigation together with the LK technical and the operations teams. It was identified that the changes were done remotely by accessing the Domain Registration system. TechCERT was able to identify that the incident was done by:

  1. compromising of the credentials of one system user account and
  2. bypassing of the restrictions which normally prevent the admin interface from being accessed from the Internet.

There is no evidence of any other unauthorised access to our systems. We have also not found any evidence of changes to any .LK websites, or of any information being stolen from any other .LK websites. We have not found any substantial evidence that any malware had been distributed via the website pointed to by the attackers. However investigations are on-going.

The DNS system continued running uninterrupted. Our telephone lines were manned from 8.00 a.m. on Saturday, and answered a large number of calls from customers, resellers, media, etc. Urgent changes are being performed manually.


Together with TechCERT, we have identified shortcomings in our security mechanisms, and have updated our systems to mitigate these vulnerabilities. A number of other security improvements have also been identified, and are being implemented. We will bring our domain registration systems back on-line shortly, as soon as these improvements are completed. However, in the meantime, please send any urgent requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you need any further information or assistance, please call us on 0114-216-061 or contact us on the above e-mail. For media related queries please call on 0114-216-062.


When you first log-in to the system after it is back on-line, we recommend you reset your password.


We are continuing our investigations, and will issue further updates as needed. We thank you for your patience and support during this incident, and assure you of our continued commitment to provide reliable domain registry services.


Domain Registrar
LK Domain Registry

 

Further to our 1st Report (reproduced below), we have made further investigations on the affected system, and have not found any evidence of any additional domains (other than those initially identified) being affected by this issue.

We have also not found any evidence of any affect to any .LK website, or any information being stolen from any .LK website. However, we are continuing our investigations, and will issue further updates as needed.

Gihan Dias
Domain Registrar
LK Domain Registry

V 2.0 - 2021-02-06 16:00

 

 

An issue with the .LK Domain Registration System arose early in the morning of Saturday, 6th February, which affected a few domains registered in .LK. This issue was attended to expeditiously, and the matter was resolved by approx. 8.30 a.m.

The .LK DNS system is now functioning normally. However, some names may be cached in systems outside the registry, and may appear until the cache expires.

We are currently investigating the issue, and will report as soon as concrete information is available. If you need any further information or assistance, please contact us on our hotline +94 114 216061 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Gihan Dias
Domain Registrar
LK Domain Registry

V 1.0 - 2021-02-06 10.30 a.m.

 

Last modified on Thursday, 11 February 2021 08:08
LK Domain Registry's Corporate Website has now changed to www.domains.lk with new look & feel.
29 Jan 2021

LK Domain Registry's Corporate Website has now changed to www.domains.lk with new look & feel.

Last modified on Friday, 29 January 2021 07:14

Contact us

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 +94 (0)11 421-6061

 LK Domain Registry, 106, Bernard's Business Park,
Dutugemunu Street, Dehiwala.