Facebook has filed a lawsuit against India-based domain provider, Compsys Domain Solutions Private Ltd, for issuing 12 fake domains of Instagram, Whatsapp & Messenger.
The company has alleged that the domains were designed to deceive people by impersonating Facebook-owned social media platforms. These domains — facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com, videocall-whatsapp.com and others — were created for clicks and malicious purposes, Facebook alleged in the lawsuit filed in Virginia, US.
Facebook had also reached out to Compsys Domain Solutions to discuss the domains, before filing the plea. However, it went ahead with the lawsuit after it received no response from the domain provider. The lawsuit is a part of Facebook’s efforts to “prevent fraud and stop the malicious use” of its company and product names.
In the blog post, Dubois has also highlighted that the registrars and proxy services have the responsibility to take down such deceptive and malicious websites. Previously, Facebook had also filed a similar lawsuit against Namecheap in March this year and OnlineNIC in October 2019.