The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has proposed a number of changes to how domain name theft cases are handled.

According to ICANN, the new rules would allow domain name owners to get their Web addresses back up to six months after the theft was recorded.

The new rules — nine recommendations outlined by ICANN — clarify a number of unanswered questions surrounding domain name theft disputes.

ICANN is also asking members of the domain name community to offer their recommendations on any rule changes in the hope of discouraging domain name hijacking — an issue that ICANN said requires addressing with the utmost urgency.

The domain name watchdog is currently preparing to usher in a huge number of new top level domain names.

ICANN proposes domain name theft shake-up
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