Internet addressing agency (ICANN) loses its own addresses
Uh oh. Another reminded that on the Internet, things aren't always as they seem.
This doesn't sound good: The nonprofit agency in charge of the Internet's addresses recently lost track of its own.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, said it happened when an Internet registration company it oversees got fooled into transferring the domain names to someone else.
The attack was quickly noticed, and ICANN's domain names were restored within 20 minutes. However, because many Internet directories retain information for a day or two, visitors could have been redirected to an unauthorized site for longer.