It was recently reported that The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) system for submitting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) has been down as of late, and now ICANN engineers are saying that it will be at least another week before the system is back online.
The application platform, called TLD application system (TAS), was taken down after a glitch was reported which allowed applicants to see each other’s user names and file names. ICANN set April 12th as the last day to submit applications before taking the system offline, after its board of directors approved an increase of the number of gTLDs from the current amount of 22 last June. ICANN Chief Operating Officer Akram Atallah comments on the latest postponement - "No later than April 27, 2012 - we will provide an update on the reopening of the system and the publication of the applied-for new domain names."
ICANN head of media relations and chief security officer Jeff "The Dark Tangent" Moss adds, "Under certain circumstances that were hard to replicate users that had previously deleted files could end up seeing file names of users that had uploaded a file. Certain data was being revealed to users that were not seeking data, it was just showing up on their screen."
The Dark Tangent goes on to say, "We’re putting everyone on notice: we know what file names and user names were displayed to what people who were logged in and when. We want to do this very publicly because we want to prevent any monkey business. We are able to reconstruct what file names and user names were displayed."
So, ICANN is still fixing the glitch, and wants everyone to know that it has its eye on them. Check back soon for an update.