I found http://nic.lk which is the domain registry for .lk domains (I am in Sri Lanka).I typed in https.lk and it said

'https.lk' Domain name you searched is restricted.

Why is this done. Is it to prevent phishing from someone doing something like https.lk/facebook.com. But there seems to be a domain called https.com which is already taken.

Why doesn't Sri Lanka allow the domain https.lk

Also the same for http.lk and ftp.lk

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    I imagine the reason this registrar does this can only really be answered by them. Jun 14, 2016 at 4:45
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    Most likely not because of security but because they know it's an important domain and prefer to keep it for themselves to eventually give it to the highest bidder. Jun 14, 2016 at 5:20

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TLDs (top level domains) are allowed to have certain restrictions based on location, the type of content, and the domain names.

It is not surprising that they'd block it to avoid confusion on the domain name's owner which would appear to many as being the same as .lk.

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