SEARCH FINANCIAL SERVICES INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY SCIENCE INTERVIEWS

 

     


Protecting People from Domain Name Fraud

By Christen Dubois, Facebook Director and Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation

March 9, 2020

This week we filed a lawsuit in Arizona against Namecheap, a domain name registrar, as well as its proxy service, Whoisguard, for registering domain names that aim to deceive people by pretending to be affiliated with Facebook apps. These domain names can trick people into believing they are legitimate and are often used for phishing, fraud and scams. 

We regularly scan for domain names and apps that infringe our trademarks to protect people from abuse. We found that Namecheapís proxy service, Whoisguard, registered or used 45 domain names that impersonated Facebook and our services, such as instagrambusinesshelp.com, facebo0k-login.com and whatsappdownload.site. We sent notices to Whoisguard between October 2018 and February 2020, and despite their obligation to provide information about these infringing domain names, they declined to cooperate.  

We donít want people to be deceived by these web addresses, so weíve taken legal action. We filed a similar lawsuit in October 2019 against OnlineNIC, another domain registrar, and its proxy service. Our goal is to create consequences for those who seek to do harm and we will continue to take legal action to protect people from domain name fraud and abuse.

Terms of Use | Copyright © 2002 - 2020 CONSTITUENTWORKS SM  CORPORATION. All rights reserved. | Privacy Statement