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 might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.”  In Firefox I get a blank screen.



John Hostage

Senior Continuing Resources Cataloger

Harvard Library--Information and Technical Services

Langdell Hall 194

Harvard Law School Library

Cambridge, MA 02138

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Phyllis Jones
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.


-Phyllis Jones


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.


Charles Croissant

Senior Catalog Librarian

Saint Louis University


From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Richard Murray <[log in to unmask]>
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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.





Rich Murray

Principal Cataloger

Catalog Librarian for Spanish and Portuguese Languages | Rare Books | Sequential Art

Duke University Libraries

Durham, North Carolina, USA

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From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Wayne Richter
Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 1:15 PM
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Subject: [PCCLIST] GeoNET Names Server hacked?


Dear All,


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.


Wayne Richter

The Libraries, H320D

Western Washington University

516 High Street

Bellingham, WA 98225

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Phyllis J. Jones
Senior Recordings Cataloger   
Conservatory Library
Oberlin College             
Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: 440/775-5137
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