Citizens of Hampton, commonwealth of Virginia are facing a weird situation for a week. The residents of the city are unable to access their Public Library’s online portal. It’s not that the website is down, rather it points to an Adult Toy Store!
People of the city were intrigued when they clicked on their public library domain HamptonPublicLibrary.org. Instead of the usual portal of the library, an adult toys store was on display. It read, ‘Hampton Adult Toy Store’. Beneath it read, perhaps the tagline, ‘Fifty Shades freed’. The Toy Store also presents different articles about pleasure toys. However, it isn’t clear as to how this was even possible?
When we checked the WhoIs information of the domain, the last update was on 2nd December 2021. The name was hidden by the Privacy Protect feature. However, the last update has been 9 months ago, this means that it isn’t a case of lapsed domain being registered by someone else.
There hasn’t been any official response to the situation and the domain name even after a week still points to the toy store. The parents in the city are worried what would have been if instead of them, their children accidentally clicked on the portal.