INTERNET SYSTEMS COORDINATOR, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has offered to pay back up to $350m in application fees to firms wishing to withdraw from its generic top-level domain (gTLD) application system (TAS).
ICANN, which oversees the registration of internet addresses, said that it will give full refunds to those wanting to abandon their submissions after the recent suspension of TAS proved to be nothing but a nuisance for organisations involved.
"We recognise that this represents an increase of only $5,000 over the refund that withdrawing applicants would otherwise receive, but we believe it is an important part of fulfilling our commitment to treat applicants fairly," ICANN said in a statement.
ICANN said the new gTLD registration system was taken down on 12 April due to an "abundance of caution" after it noticed "unusual behaviour". It later emerged that the security glitch had allowed applicants to view sensitive information about others that had applied.
The domain registrar said it aims to have notified all applicants affected by the glitch by the end of today and will then re-open the application process.
Although more than 2,000 firms have applied for top-level domain names, ICANN still has to review applications before granting them, so even if all applicants decide to stick with their submissions, typing in a domain name ending with ".google", for example, is still a few months away. µ
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