Domain Transfers

Via Slashdot comes this link: Netcraft: Domain Transfers (and Hijackings) to Become Easier

Domain names could become easier to hijack as a change in domain transfer rules takes effect Friday. Under new rules set by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), domain transfer requests will be automatically approved in five days unless they are explicitly denied by the account owner. This is a change from current procedure, in which a domain’s ownership and nameservers remain unchanged if there is no response to a transfer request.

I think I need to ask someone about this. I mean there must be a reason? And I don’t see it. Or is it already April Fool’s day?

update only com/net/org domains. As I have heard (from someone working for a certain provider 😉 ) most providers will offer solutions protecting their customers from such hijacking. It seems this is directed at small “Wald-und-Wiesen” (Zitat) companies ….. not able to implement structured processes. This is part of a standardization process of domain transfers. But hey the link came from slashdot = geekBILD

also see this nice explanation of some reasons for this process by shelley