Breaches cured but registrar still needs ICANN’s approval for change of control.
Last Friday, before the long holiday weekend in the U.S., ICANN published an update on the situation at domain name registrar Epik.
The organization said that Epik had met the terms of a breach notice ICANN sent a month earlier. Epik paid the outstanding accreditation fees and resolved all of the complaints customers sent to ICANN about non-renewals and the inability to transfer domains.
ICANN said it will continue to provide assistance to Epik customers who send complaints to the organization related to these issues.
Next up for Epik is getting ICANN to approve a change of control request for the sale of the registrar. ICANN noted that this might take some time given what happened at the registrar:
The assignment review process allows ICANN to perform diligence of the proposed assignment request to inform the decision of whether to approve the assignment. This is work that ICANN does regularly and the process can take several months, depending on complexity. Given the circumstances that preceded the requests for assignment, ICANN expects that conducting diligence for the transaction will be complex, and it make take several months.
A key question remains: who bought Epik? The company will need to reveal its ownership if it wishes to regain the trust of its customers.