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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ICANN admits data exposure on new gTLD, GDD portals

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has concluded its investigation into a data exposure issue in the new gTLD Applicant and Global Domains Division (GDD) portals, and admitting it was inadvertent, reports ITRealms.

ICANN also concluded that the exposed registry contact information does not appear to contain sensitive personally identifiable information, even as each of the affected parties has been notified of the data exposure.

Noteworthy is that the initial outcome, came to the fore on 1 March 2015. Whereas these portals contain information from New gTLD program applicants and New gTLD registry operators.

As described in the 30 April 2015 update, an investigation supported by two IT consulting firms was launched by ICANN in March 2015 to review and analyze all log data since the activation of the portals.

The latest update on 27 May 2015 detailed the findings regarding the nature of the disclosures. Since then, ICANN continued to investigate this matter and found that, in addition to the previous disclosures, 12 user credentials were used to access contact information from eight registry operators.

ITRealms also reports that based on the information collected during the investigation it appears that contact information for registry operators was accessed inadvertently.

With the investigation now completed, ICANN assured it has taken the necessary steps to determine how the data exposures occurred and confirmed that the exposure issues resulted from several misconfigurations in the portals.

These misconfigurations have been addressed to prevent these types of disclosures in the future. 

ICANN has also confirmed that no other ICANN systems were affected. ICANN continues to deploy security-based updates on a regular basis as part of a broader, multiyear effort to harden all of ICANN's digital services.

ITRealms recalls that ICANN's mission is to ensure a stable, secure and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer - a name or a number.

That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn't have one global Internet. 

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.

+Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) +ITRealms DSA  
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