An accidental data breach has forced the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) to temporarily suspend a portion of its generic top-level domain (gTLD) application system.
The company said that an error in its system had left confidential portions of applications viewable to the general public.
"Postal addresses of some primary and secondary contacts for gTLD applications were published as part of the application details," Icann said in a statement.
"The information in these fields was not intended for publication. The addresses appeared in responses to portions of questions six and seven on the application."
In response to the incident, the company took the application detail system down for a short time on Friday morning. The situation was corrected and application detail viewing was restored by the company several hours later.
Icann said that the system is now working as planned and the address information and other non-public details on applications are hidden.
The issue is the latest bump in what has been a rocky road for Icann on the gTLD registration system. The company had to take down the application system for several weeks earlier this year due to technical problems. As a result the registration period was extended beyond its planned time frame.
Earlier this week the company revealed a list of domains which had been applied for.
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