This is a warning to anyone using dreamhost to manage their domain registrations. I've had a .cc domain for years now and their system has allowed another company to purchase it out from under my account. When reported they took 3 days to respond and offered to refund my $25 for the domain.
When I saw they were having issues I started moving my other domains and were able to purchase some of my domains on godaddy without unlocking or transferring them. These were domains still managed and not expired and they showed up in the godaddy search as available.
I'm moving all my accounts and sites to other hosting. Over the years I've had way too many security and management issues. I'm done. Ask yourself if losing your domains is worth the cheap monthly cost. Ill never get this domain back because of them.