Tuesday, 1st May 2012, 10:19:56
Businesses which registered with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for new top-level domain names (TLDs) will be told if competitors were able to gain access to their application after a software failure.
Last month, a glitch meant that the deadline for the scheme was put back and it was revealed that some applicants were able to see file names from other companies which had taken part.
Chief executive of ICANN, Rod Beckstrom, told Reuters: "We're very apologetic for the inconvenience to any applicants. Clearly, we're going to take every step that we can to make sure that no one takes advantage of any information they may have obtained."
Mr Beckstrom added that he was confident that the glitch occurred because of a problem with the software, rather than an attack by hackers.
It is expected that the new TLDs will be rolled out in early 2013, which could see websites ending with .google, .apple and .canon.
Posted by Henry Thomas
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