Facebook Sues 2 Web Hosting Companies for Trademark Infringement, Cybersquatting

Sites offered tools compromising the social network and Instagram, as well as phishing attempts

Facebook filed a lawsuit against two web hosting companies with the aim of removing sites that offer tools for phishing and hacking accounts on the social network and Instagram.

Alfred Ng of CNET reported that the company filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California Monday against OnlineNIC and ID Shield, accusing them of trademark infringement and cybersquatting.

Facebook alleged that the two web hosting companies have been hosting websites that offer tools aimed at compromising the social network and its Instagram photo- and video-sharing network and infringing on its trademarks, and both companies ignored multiple takedown requests.

The social network also said in the lawsuit that some sites hosted by OnlineNIC and ID Shield were designed to resemble official Facebook and Instagram URLs and login pages in an attempt to obtain users’ login information, Ng reported.

According to Ng, Facebook is seeking $100,000 in damages for each domain name, totaling at least $2 million.

Domain names mentioned by Facebook in the suit—most of which were down at the time of this post—were: buyinstagramfans.com, facebook-fans-buy.com, facebook-mails.com, facebook-pass.com, facebook-pw.com, facebookphysician.com, facebookvideodownload.net, findfacebookid.com, hackingfacebook.net, hacksomeonesfacebook.com, iiinstagram.com, instaface.org, instagram01.com, lamsocialfacebook.net, login-instagram.com, m-facebook-login.com, singin-lnstargram.com, trollfacebook.com, www-facebook-login.com and www-facebook-pages.com.