Update: ICANN targets May 22 to reopen TLD Application System (TAS)

10th May 2012

Melbourne, Australia – 10th May 2012 – ICANN has released a statement to inform new Top-Level Domain applicants of their intentions to reopen the TAS system on May 22, for a period of five business days.

The statement published on 8 May (PST), is in response to a technical glitch identified by ICANN on the 12 of April 2012. ICANN has been working to resolve the issue and inform those affected for the past three weeks.

Today, ICANN published the following update to that process:

TAS Interruption - Update (8 May 2012)
Statement by Akram Atallah, COO

ICANN is targeting 22 May 2012 as the intended reopening date for the TLD Application System. It is anticipated that the system would remain open for five business days and close on 30 May. This takes account of the 28 May Memorial Day holiday in the United States.

We took TAS offline following a technical glitch that may have allowed some users to see some file names and user names of other users. We have seen no evidence that any TAS user intentionally did anything wrong in order to be able to see other users' information.

We have met our commitment to provide notice to all users on or before 8 May 2012 by sending out notifications today.

The large majority of users are unaffected by the glitch. We continue to review the extensive database of system logs and system traffic, and any new and relevant information that emerges from this analysis will be shared with applicants in a timely way.

Even as late as yesterday, 7 May 2012, our packet-level research uncovered a new set of instances (in addition to those previously announced) where another applicant might have viewed a set of system-generated file names. It is possible that further analysis will also show that some of the parties that we have notified were not affected, but notice was provided out of an abundance of caution.

We thank everyone for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience the delay has caused.

ARI Registry Services has informed all of our clients of this latest development and is working to address any related enquiries.


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