[bc-gnso] ALERTS from the Secretariat: Statement by Akram Atallah, COO

Benedetta Rossi bc-secretariat at icann.org
Mon Apr 16 09:10:18 UTC 2012

Dear BC Members,

Please find below an ICANN announcement released yesterday.

Kind Regards,

Benedetta Rossi
BC Secretariat
bc-secretariat at icann.org


15 April 2012

Statement by Akram Atallah, COO

As we reported yesterday, ICANN continues to study the technical issue 
that has prompted us to take the TLD application system offline.

Our goals remain 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.

As reported earlier, some applicants were able to see file names and 
user names that belonged to other applicants. 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.

We are currently reviewing the data to confirm which applicants were 
affected. As soon as the data is confirmed, we will inform all 
applicants whether they were affected.

We are continuing to look at the technical issue and using outside 
experts to resolve any open issues before we reopen the application 
window. We are extensively testing the system to ensure that all aspects 
of the issue have been fully addressed.

We will reopen the application system as soon as we have full confidence 
that the problem has been resolved. As noted in yesterday's update, we 
will announce no later than 23:59 GMT/UTC on Monday, 16 April, whether 
we will reopen on Tuesday, 17 April.

30 April remains our target date to publish the applied-for new domain 
names, but this is subject to change.

We apologize for any concern this issue is causing. In keeping with 
ICANN's longstanding commitment to transparency and accountability, we 
will continue to provide regular updates at 
<http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/tas/interruption-updates> until 
the issue is resolved and the application window has reopened.

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