FICS is alive and well, unfortunately our website is currently down because of a disk failure.
You can login with your interface or do "telnet freechess.org" (port 23 ot 5000). A few auxiliary services are affected by the disk failure
If you are using the Jin applet from the FICS website to login and play, you can download and install a stand-alone interface until www.freechess.org is back online.
Check http://ficsgames.org/interfaces.html for a comparison and download links.
Also check http://status.freechess.org anytime for the current status of FICS and www.freechess.org