Facebook has filed a case against Compsys Domain Solutions Private limited to prevent fraud by using product n...Read More
It looks like an India-based proxy service company has landed in legal trouble involving Facebook. Facebook has filed a case against Compsys Domain Solutions Private limited to prevent fraud by using product names like WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook.
Christen Dubois, director and associate general counsel, IP Litigation, Facebook, in a blog post said, “In order to prevent fraud and stop the malicious use of our company and product names, we filed a lawsuit in Virginia today against 12 domain names registered by India-based proxy service Compsys Domain Solutions Private Ltd. that were designed to deceive people by impersonating our family of apps, like: facebook-verify-inc.com, instagramhjack.com and videocall-whatsapp.com."
Dubois said that Facebook had reached out to Compsys about these domain names but received no response. He also said that the main reason for suing the India-based company is to protect people from online fraud. “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.
Facebook believes that registrars and proxy services have a responsibility to take down deceptive and malicious websites. This isn’t the first time Facebook has filed a similar case. “We filed similar lawsuits against Namecheap and its proxy service this past March, and OnlineNIC and its proxy service in October 2019. And we will continue to take legal action to protect the people who use our services,” explained Dubois in the blog post.
Compsys hasn’t made any comment on the matter and it remains unclear how the domain names were being used to trick users or any kind of online fraud.