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Getting Ready for New gTLDs. Interview with ICANN Chief Security Officer Jeff Moss. Overview. Icann admits gTLD software flaw may have revealed rival bid details. The internet naming company Icann has admitted that rival bidders for highly valuable new internet domains could have seen each others' secret bids because of flaws in its registration software. The company took the system offline on Thursday afternoon, just hours before applications were due to close after being open for more than three months. In a dramatic announcement at about 0200 on Friday morning UK time, Akram Atallah, chief operating office at the organisation which is in overall charge of the allocation of new IP addresses and "top-level domains", said that a glitch "has allowed a limited number of users to view some other users' file names and user names in certain scenarios.

" He said that "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. " It said on Thursday that it will reopen applications next week, and extend the deadline to Friday. Domain names: Internet takes big step toward end of .com era. Thursday marks the opening bell for anyone who wants a website ending with something other than .com, .edu, or one of the other 20 familiar Internet suffixes.

Domain names: Internet takes big step toward end of .com era

Skip to next paragraph Subscribe Today to the Monitor Click Here for your FREE 30 DAYS ofThe Christian Science MonitorWeekly Digital Edition The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit in charge of online registry, plans to throw open the doors to hundreds, potentially thousands of new suffixes, called top-level domain names. In this first expansion round, which runs through April 12, ICANN will process some 500 applications to register new names. From a legal standpoint, there will be challenges to launching the new system, says trademark attorney Erik Pelton.

But perhaps the bigger concern to businesses is that cybersquatters might register online addresses that intentionally mislead surfers. The companies, he says, “are forced to do this to protect themselves.” New era for Web site names begins Thursday. Network World - A new era of Web site naming begins Thursday, when Internet policymakers start accepting applications for hundreds - perhaps thousands - of new domain name extensions such as .hotel and .paris.

New era for Web site names begins Thursday

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will launch its program for new generic Top-Level Domains on Jan. 12, with applications due three months later on April 12. Experts say the new gTLD program represents the biggest change to the Internet's naming system since 1998, when ICANN itself was formed. RELATED: 5 major changes facing the Internet in 2012 "It's a significant change," says Fred Felman, Chief Marketing Officer for MarkMonitor, which provides online brand protection services to U.S. corporations including FedEx and DuPont. "It's probably the biggest change since the first expansion of the Internet, from a small number of registries to 23 registries.

" ICANN Forced to Delay Web-Domain Deadline - Digits. ICANN New TLD application deadline extended to April 20. TAS glitch will call in to question digital archery for new TLDs. Will applicants trust results of digital archery?

TAS glitch will call in to question digital archery for new TLDs

ICANN’s announcement that some sensitive new TLD applicant information could have been accessed is sure to cause more doubt about its planned “digital archery” scheme. The so-called digital archery plan will be used to help determine how top level domain applicants are slotted in queue. Applicants essentially pick a time, login to a special web page, and click a submit button as close to that time as possible. This idea sounded rather suspect to me from the beginning. It’s really a way to patch up an issue that the new TLD guidebook could have addressed early on — applicant slotting. But ICANN’s recent technical snafus will place a dark cloud of digital archery, too. If ICANN has a security glitch in a program that isn’t time sensitive, how will it manage to fairly run digital archery? In a high stakes game with millions of dollars at stake, any existing confidence in ICANN’s technical systems for new TLDs has been shattered.

Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.