INTERNET GOVERNING BODY Icann has confirmed in a statement that a system leak is the reason for its delay of top-level domain (TLD) name applications.
The statement made by Icann COO Akram Atallah read, "We have learned of a possible glitch in the TLD application system software that has allowed a limited number of users to view some other users' file names and user names in certain scenarios."
Icann apologised for any concerns and explained that it took the system down on Thursday due to an "abundance of caution" after noticing unusual behaviour in the system. "We are examining how this issue occurred and considering appropriate steps forward," Icann added.
Icann has said that its TLD Application System (TAS) will be down until Tuesday 17 April 23:59 UTC, though it gave those panicking over application deadlines a glimmer of hope that it could be back up before then.
Not to worry, however, the organisation did say that due to the downtime the deadline for applications has been extended until Friday 20 April 2012 23:59 UTC.
Icann's TAS has already received applications from companies such as Google to register top-level domain names. Icann will charge $185,000 for the application and a further $25,000 a year should the top-level domain be granted.
Icann will receive significant amounts of cash from its top-level domain service, although it is expected that high-profile brands might end up in court over top-level domain name disputes.
Although firms have applied for top-level domain names, Icann still has to review applications before granting them, meaning typing in a .google domain name is still a few months away. µ