Facebook accuses OnlineNIC of domain name fraud and sues the company
Facebook has issued an official statement stating the company's intention to file a complaint with the Court of California against the registrar of the OnlineNIC domain and its proxy service ID Shield. The U.S. company accuses them of registering domain names and claims that they are directly linked to Facebook with an intention to confuse its users. Such websites as www-facebook-login.com or facebook-mails.com will make users think they are interacting with Facebook, but in fact, they will be deceived.
The goals of creating such domains are different. This may be the creation and development of domains with the aim of selling them further to Facebook itself at an inflated price, thus earning a good amount of money. But there may be worse intentions. The company's recent launch of its own cryptocurrency, Libra, has triggered an increase in cyber attacks and the creation of unofficial domains such as facebooktoken.org and ico-facebook.org, which have already been removed by Facebook.
Facebook brought its new lawsuit against OnlineNIC. It accuses OnlineNIC of using and registering domains such as hackingfacebook.net and 20 other names that are used as "fishing and hosting websites that purported to sell hacking tools".
OnlineNIC had previously been suppressed by companies such as Verizon, Yahoo, Microsoft and others. Verizon managed to win and get US$33.15 million. The same goal is pursued by Facebook. In addition, the company is determined to achieve a permanent ban on OnlineNIC activities.
David J. Steele, a reputable attorney at law, will represent Facebook in court, and he was also Verizon's attorney in a similar case.
In a recent statement, Facebook said: "By mentioning our apps and services in the domain names, OnlineNIC and ID Shield intended to make them appear legitimate and confuse people. This activity is known as cybersquatting and OnlineNIC has a history of this behavior. This lawsuit is one more step in our ongoing efforts to protect people's safety and privacy".
To date, no comments on this situation have been received from OnlineNIC.