The recent glitch in the ICANN TLD application system software (TAS) saw no users being able to being able to view competitors data apart from file names and user names that belonged to other applicants according to the most recent update on Sunday (15 April) by Akram Atallah, ICANN’s COO.
In other words, no competitive advantage could be gained by seeing what TLD strings other applicants were applying for.
In the statement Atallah said that ICANN’s goal remains “to get a full understanding of this issue, fix the problem, notify those who have been affected, and reopen the application window as soon as possible. We are doing our best to mitigate the impact of this issue on the application process.”
“An intensive review has produced no evidence that any data beyond the file names and user names could be accessed by other users. In addition, it does not appear that this issue caused any corruption or loss of data,” Atallah’s statement noted.
ICANN is currently reviewing the data to confirm which applicants were affected. As soon as the data is confirmed, ICANN will inform all applicants as to whether they were affected.
ICANN is continuing to look at the technical issue and using outside experts to resolve any open issues before they reopen the application window. For now ICANN is are extensively testing the system to ensure that all aspects of the issue have been fully addressed.
ICANN plans to reopen the application system as soon as they have full confidence that the problem has been resolved. The organisation plans to announce no later than 23:59 GMT/UTC on Monday, 16 April whether they will reopen on Tuesday, 17 April.
ICANN is also still planning to publish the applied-for new domain names on 30 April, but in Atallah’s statement it noted that this is subject to change.