The smack, it has been put down. ICANN just ordered VeriSign to fix the DNS by tomorrow evening, or else:
Given the magnitude of the issues that have been raised, and their potential impact on the security and stability of the Internet, the DNS and the .com and .net top level domains, VeriSign must suspend the changes to the .com and .net top-level domains introduced on 15 September 2003 by 6:00 PM PDT on 4 October 2003. Failure to comply with this demand by that time will leave ICANN with no choice but to seek promptly to enforce VeriSign’s contractual obligations.
My earlier discussion of this is here. Link to the ICANN letter via BoingBoing.
“Through Thursday, Oct. 2, Site Finder has been used more than 40 million times by Internet users to get where they want to go online.”
Yeah… That’s exactly what happened.