GeoNames is something different than the GEOnet Names Server, in spite of the confusing email address for the latter.
I can almost never get into GNS through Cataloger’s Desktop. In Chrome I get a screen that says “The webpage at https://geonames.nga.mil/namesgaz/ might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.” In Firefox I get a blank screen.
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Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2020 14:34
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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] GeoNET Names Server hacked?
I was getting this message when I attempted to connect with GeoNames over the last week or so. To avoid this problem, you can access GeoNames via Cataloger's Desktop.
On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 2:09 PM Charles Croissant <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I have experienced the same problem yesterday and today. I normally use Firefox, which has prevented me from accessing the site altogether.
I have switched to Chrome -- it gives me a warning, but allows me to advance to the site at my own risk.
I just sent an email to the contact email address at Geonames, [log in to unmask] -- I will let people know if I receive a response.
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Saint Louis University
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Subject: [External] Re: [PCCLIST] GeoNET Names Server hacked?
Hi Wayne et al.,
Yes, I’m getting the security warning for GNS in Chrome today, also.
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Duke University Libraries
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Today when I tried to access the GEOnet Names Server all I got was a “Warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead” and neither Chrome nor Firefox would let me in. Has anyone else encountered this. I use this site frequently for authority work and have never had any problems before today.
Thanks for any help.
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Western Washington University
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