ICANN Takes TLD System Offline Following Glitch

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – On Thursday, internet authority ICANN announced that it had experienced a flaw in its TLD application system that unknowingly made it possible to view data pertaining to user names.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data. We are examining how this issue occurred and considering appropriate steps forward,” commented ICANN Chief Operating Officer Akram Atallah in a press release regarding the matter.

ICANN had been accepting applications for new domain name extensions, a process that started in January. It was intended to conclude yesterday but it appears the issue will now delay the process. A note posted on the TLD Application System (TAS) website read, “TAS is closed for maintenance. Currently scheduled to reopen at 23:59 on 17 April, and close at 23:59, 20 April 2012.”

ICANN initially announced earlier this month that it planned to reveal application details at the end of April.

The application process allows organizations to apply for their own customized domain endings outside of longstanding TLDs such as .com, .org, .net and more with an application fee of $185 thousand. However, ICANN has allowed some, especially in developing countries to apply at a reduced price. To view ICANN’s statement on the matter, go here (icann.org).