The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) recently had to close down the application process of the new net suffixes, following a problem in the system.

Icann was forced to take their computers offline, when what is being quoted as a “possible glitch” allowed some users to view the personal details of other users. A statement said:

“We have learned of a possible glitch in the TLD application system [TAS] software that has allowed a limited number of users to view some other users’ file names and user names in certain scenarios. Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data.”

The TAS is expected to be back up on Wednesday of next week (18th April), whilst companies have been given until 20th April 20 to get their applications in for the new domain names.

It should have ended eight days earlier than this, leaving many to wonder just what the issue has been.

However, Icann has remained resolutely quiet about the whole affair, despite the initial statement prepared by COO, with Akram Atallah going on to say:

“We will communicate on a regular basis on our website.”

It could be simply nothing more than an overloading of data, with the new address endings released able to be personalised to a company. It is presently known that in the region of 850 organisations have registered their interest.

With each allowed to register up to 50 domain endings, the amount of data being processed is more than significant.