Fox News — The Internet Domain Registration and Clearinghouse is going into voluntary administration, the company that handles the domain registration process announced Thursday.
The company, called the Internet Domain Registry, has been operating under a state of emergency since November because of a wave of cyberattacks on state and local government agencies, including the Massachusetts Department of Health.
Its administrator, Rob Goss, said the company had been in voluntary administration since the end of January, but its troubles were far from over.
“We have a strong team of dedicated, dedicated people, dedicated to helping the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continue to operate as it has in the past,” Goss said in a statement.
“They are working diligently to address all of the issues we have identified, and I’m hopeful they can continue to do so in the coming days.”
Goss said the agency was unable to meet all of its deadlines for completing its registration applications.
The company is the only entity in Massachusetts to handle the process, and Goss noted that in the previous administration it had also faced a wave in the number of fraudulent applications.
In a statement, Goss called the cyberattacks that hit the state government the “most recent in a series of assaults on our government that we are now experiencing at a faster rate than any other state.”
“While the Commonwealth is still working through the fallout from the recent attacks, it is critical that we maintain our leadership position in this area and continue to focus on the important work of keeping the Commonwealth running,” Giss said.
“We need to maintain the trust of the people of Massachusetts and their families, and that is why we are making the decision to close down.”
In a joint statement, the Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Public Health Association called the shutdown an “unprecedented” and “unacceptable” step for the agency.
“The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, which oversees the domain registrar, is in the process of filing an appeal of the interim order that the agency will be in the next few days to terminate its operations,” the groups said.
The Massachusetts Department for Public Health said it would maintain its current services for people who needed them.
The domain registry will close on July 31.