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April 27th, 2012    

ICANN’S Net Suffix Deadline Still Uncertain Following Glitch

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) is still trying to get to the bottom of the technical issues which have hit their TAS systems following the disclosure to some applicants of other users’ details.

The TLD (top level domain name) application system was set up to allow organisations to apply to buy web addresses ending in their brand names. Registration had to be completed by March 2012 to qualify and the deadline for the registration was supposed to be the end of Thursday 12th April 2012, however a glitch in the system meant that Icann had to take it down.

A spokesman at the time said Icann planned to close down its application system until Wednesday 18th April 2012 but as of Friday 27th April 2012 the system was still unavailable.

ICANN’s chief operating officer wrote “We have learned of a possible glitch in the TLD application system that has allowed a limited number of users to view some other users’ file name and user names in certain scenarios. Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data. We apologise for any concern this may have caused and will communicate on a regular basis on our website”

It is expected that there will be high levels of demand on the system when it reopens, therefore the system is being enhanced to accommodate these demands. Continuing tests have shown that the glitch did not result in the loss or corruption of data.

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