(The Hosting News) – ICANN’s structured plan for allowing organizations to apply for customized domain endings came to a sudden halt last week when the Internet authority detected a system glitch allowing unauthorized access to application data.
At the time, ICANN Chief Operating Officer Akram Atallah stated via the organization’s website, “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.” Attempting to access the system had read “TAS is closed for maintenance. Currently scheduled to reopen at 23:59 on 17 April, and close at 23:59, 20 April 2012.”
However, it now appears all systems are a go and applications are once again being accepted as the system was set to reopen today following a hiatus that began last Thursday. In a statement from ICANN yesterday, Atallah said that the problem appeared fixed even though the Internet authority continued to test the system “to make sure.”
The new TLD platform allows interested parties to apply for their own domain endings instead of using more traditional ones like .com, .net, .org, etc. ICANN began the initiative in January.
While ICANN’s application process was due to end on the day the glitch was detected, it now appears to have been extended due to the issue. Earlier this month, the organization said it planned on announcing application details at the end of January, but that too will likely be delayed.
If you previously thought of getting your own customized domain ending, perhaps you should reconsider. Simply applying for a new TLD comes with the hefty price tag of $185 thousand dollars. However, ICANN offered application fees for reduced pricing to those mostly in developing countries.
The reopening of the application system follows a February announcement in which ICANN’s board signaled that it would support a second application timeframe. Meanwhile, the authority is set to undergo a change at its helm. Current CEO Rod Beckstrom will step down following the completion of his first term in July. For more information on the TLD system’s reopening, view a statement here (icann.org).