Facebook has filed a lawsuit against the India-based proxy service Compsys Domain Solutions Private Ltd. over the registration of domain names that were designed to deceive people by impersonating the social media giant’s family of apps, like: facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com and videocall-whatsapp.com.
In order to prevent fraud and stop the malicious use of the company’s and product’s names, Christen Dubois, Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation, writes in a post on the company blog Facebook regularly scans the internet for domain names and apps infringing on their trademarks. This lawsuit is part of their ongoing effort to protect people from phishing, credential theft and other methods of online fraud. The suit was filed after Facebook reached out to Compsys about these domain names and did not receive any response.
Facebook notes registrars and proxy services have a responsibility to take down deceptive and malicious websites. And it’s the third time they have filed such a lawsuit the first two were against Namecheap and its proxy service this past March, and OnlineNIC and its proxy service in October 2019.