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Was panix.com in registrar-lock?
Does anyone know if the panix.com domain did, in fact, have an RRP status of registrar-lock in the .com registry sometime before it was hijacked? According to a couple of articles Panix officials insist that the panix.com domain had been registrar locked while George DeCarlo, vice president of marketing at Dotster (Panix's registrar), is reported saying that Panix did not sign onto Dotster's domain-locking service. If we ignore the serious issue of potential notification failures and look at just the registrar-lock issue, there are several possible scenarios: 1) Panix never requested that the panix.com domain be locked. 2) Panix requested the lock, but their registrar did not pass this request to the .com registry. 3) Panix's registrar requested the lock, but the .com registry failed to set the lock status. 4) The registrar-lock status was set at the registry, but it was fraudulently cleared prior to the domain transfer. 5) The registrar-lock status was set at the registry, but the domain was transferred despite the lock. Did I miss a scenario? I'd like to know which scenario occurred in the panix.com hijack, hence my interest in whether the .com registry was reporting the status of panix.com as registrar-lock prior to the hijack. -Richard