Earlier this week, Facebook filed a lawsuit against Namecheap, alleging that the domain registrar has not cooperated in an investigation into malicious domains registered through it.
Director and Associate General Counsel of Facebook Christen Dubois said in a blog post in Facebook’s online newsroom that engineers within the social media company tracked down 45 malicious lookalike domains with names like instagrambusinesshelp.com and facebo0k-login.com to Namecheap and its WhoisGuard service, which protects customer details. Dubois claims that these domain names abuse the Facebook brand and leave users open to phishing and scams.
“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,” Dubois said in a statement. “We don't want people to be deceived by these web addresses, so we've taken legal action.”
While Facebook has sued several third party developers for abusing the platform within the last year, this marks its second time suing a domain registrar following the lawsuit filed against registrar OnlineNIC and its proxy service ID Shield for similar reasons. “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,” Dubois concluded.
Namecheap so far has refrained from public comment, but we'll update this post as more information becomes available.