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ICANN Extends gTLD Deadline After System Glitch

The ICANN deadline for a company to register any custom generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) it might want was supposed to be the close of yesterday.

With some 1,000 firms expected to apply for custom suffixes (Pepsi, for example, having the ability to create .pepsi websites), a rush to meet the deadline was expected - but a system glitch wasn't.

According to an update on the ICANN website posted by Akram Atallah, Chief Operating Officer, the organisation had to shut down its application system following the discovery of a flaw which could potentially have resulted in the applying companies having their data leaked.

Atallah's statement read: "We have learned of a possible glitch in the TLD application system 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. We are examining how this issue occurred and considering appropriate steps forward. We apologize for any concern this may have caused and will communicate on a regular basis on our website, which can be found at (opens in new tab)."

Thus far, there has been no update given, and the applications system remains offline while it's tinkered with, until early next week. A new gTLD deadline of the 20th of April has now been set.

Darren Allan

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