Facebook has filed a lawsuit against 12 imposter domain names which have been registered by a private Indian proxy service Compsys Domain Solutions. The domains were allegedly designed to deceive users by impersonating Facebook owned apps – its namesake along with WhatsApp and Instagram. The firm registered misleading domains like facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com and videocall-whatsapp.com.
“We regularly scan the internet for domain names and apps that infringe on our trademarks and today’s lawsuit is part of this ongoing effort to protect people from phishing, credential theft and other methods of online fraud. We filed suit after we reached out to Compsys about these domain names and did not receive any response”, wrote Christen Dubois, Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation in a Newsroom post.
The lawsuit is a part of Facebook’s efforts to “prevent fraud and stop the malicious use” of its company and product names. It had also filed two similar lawsuits in the past one year in its push to take a stand against scamsters and frauds:
- Namecheap and its proxy service Whoisguard in March this year
- OnlineNIC and its privacy service ID Shield in October 2019