Facebook is going to take down sites such as “iiinstagram.com,” and “HackingFacebook.net” which allegedly offer hacking tools against the social networking giant. But it’s doing so by filing a copyright lawsuit and targeting the two domain hosts where the websites are registered.
On Monday, this company filed its lawsuit in the US District Court of the Northern District of California. It accuses web hosts OnlineNIC and ID Shield of trademark infringement and cybersquatting.
According to the lawsuit, these two companies have been hosting websites like “HackingFacebook.net,” which offers tools for hacking and phishing Facebook accounts.
Facebook mentioned in court documents that this company sent multiple takedown requests to the two defendants, arguing that these websites are infringing on the company’s trademarks.
Microsoft announced in March, that this company took down around 99 websites controlled by Iranian hackers, which were also designed to phish victims.
Microsoft by using a lawsuit also took down the websites and claiming cybersquatting concerns. Phishing attacks are common and can be easy to fall for if the hackers have URLs that look close to the real name and design trap websites to look exactly like the original.
A Facebook spokesperson mentioned in a statement that “People count on us to protect the integrity of our apps and services. We don’t tolerate people creating web addresses that pretend to be associated with our family of apps. Today’s lawsuit shows we will take action against those behind this abuse.”
Facebook listed around 20 websites using the company’s names and images on websites hosted by Online NIC and ID Shield in the lawsuit, many of which were allegedly for illicit activities on Facebook and Instagram. The domain names include: “HackSomeonesFacebook.com,” as well as “BuyInstagramFans.com.”
This website also hosted URLs that designed to look like official Instagram and Facebook URLs, allegedly intended to trick visitors into accidentally giving up their passwords in a phishing attack. One of the websites has the URL “m-facebook-login.com” and was apparently designed to look exactly like Facebook’s login page.
Facebook mentioned that the two hosts ignored multiple takedown requests from the tech giant according to court records.
Facebook also mentioned that this company sent at least five notices to ID Shield to disclose the owners behind websites like “facebook-login.com.”