Ubiquiti Sues Krebs

By Isabella Cheng, Published Mar 30, 2022, 02:11pm EDT (Info+)

Ubiquiti has sued cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security over Krebs' reporting connected to Ubiquiti's 'catastrophic' data breach in early 2021.

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In this report, IPVM examines Ubiquiti's complaint and the legal issues involved.

Defamation ********* *****

************* * **-**** ***** **************** ***** *** ***** ** ******** on ***** **, **** ** *** Eastern ******** ** ********:

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*** ********* ******* ***** ******* ******** by ********** *********** ******** ** ***** by * ******** ******** ******** ** be * *************. *** ********/************* ********* sabotaged ******** *** ********* *** ****** from *** ******, ********* ** *** FBI.

Both ****-*****, *** ****** ** **** ****

**** ** * *********** *******, ***** by ********, *** ** *** ******* networking *********, ******* ***** *****, * widely-read ************* ******. **** ******** *** Krebs *** *** ******** **** **** down ****** **** *************, **** ******** ** * ****** **** ****** in ********* ******* ******** ******* **** ******-******'* *********** ** ******** *** ******* *** "********** **********."

DOJ: ******** ******** ****** ******, ******* ********

*** ****** ******** ********, ******** *****, was******** ** *** ********** ** ********* ******** *, ****. *** ***,** *** ***** *******, ******* **** ***** ***** ** an ********* ******** *** ***** ** extort ******** *** ~$* ******* *** while ******* ** *** **** ** remediate *** ******** ******. *******, "***** subsequently **-********** *** ******** ** ******* the *********** ** ********** **** ******** about *** *******’* ******** ** *** breach **** ** ***********."

March **** ***** *******

***** ********* ** ******* ** *** website, ***** ** ********, ** ***** 30, ****, ****** "*************: ******** ****** '************.'" *** ******* ** ***** ** a ****** ****** **** ***** ******** to ** "****." ********* ** *** article, **** *** "* ******** ************ at ******** *** ****** *** ******* respond ** *** ***-***** ******."

*******, ***** ********* *********** **** **** that ******* ******** ** *********** *** incident:

*** * ****** *** ************ ** the ******** ** **** ****** ******* Ubiquiti ********* ********** * “************” ******** to ******** *** *** ** *** stock *****, *** **** *** *****-***** cloud ******** ***** *** * ***********.

***** ****** **** * ****** **** the ****** ********* ***** ** *** European **** ********** ********** **** ****** Ubiquiti ******** ******** ******* ** **** customers **** ********:

** *** **************** ***** **** ********, and ***** ******** *** ********* ******* to ********** ******* *********.

*******, ***** *** *** **** ** a **** ** **** ****** *** he *** *** ******* ** ** full.

******** ***** **** **%

******* ***** **, **** *** ***** 31, ****, ***** *** *****' ****** went ****, ******** ***** **** ~**%, losing **** $* ******* ** ****** capitalization,********* ** *** *** ***** *******.

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December **** ***** *******

***** **** ********* ** ******* ** December *, ****, ******"******** ********* ******* **** *********, ******* 2020 '******',"*** *** ***** *** *** ******** its ********** ** *** ****** ******** employee/source, ******** *****.

*****' ******* ********** *** *** ***** release. *******, ***** **** *** ******** in **** *******, ** ** *** other ******, **** *** *** ******* Sharp ** *** **** ********** *** was *** ************* *** ********* ***** in ***** ****.

****** ***** ************** ***** ** *** "********* *************" in *** "***** **** *******" ******* about ********'* ******:

***** ****** ***** **** ******* ** be ********* ***** *** ******** *** Company-1’s ******** ** *** ******** *** related ***********. ** ***** *******, ***** identified ******* ** ** ********* ************* within *******-* *** *** ****** ** remediating *** ********. ** **********, ***** falsely ******* **** *******-* *** **** hacked ** ** ************ *********** *** maliciously ******** **** ************* ****** ** Company-1’s *** ********.

December **** ****** ** ***** *******

***** *** *** ********** *** ********, Krebs ****** **** ***** ****** ** his ***** **** ******:

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Did ***** **** *** ****** *** *** ******?

******** ******* **** ***** "***** **** actual ******" *** ************* *** **** readers **** *****' ************* ****** *** the ******** ******** ********, *****, **** the **** ******:

[*****] ************* *********[**] *** ***** ** intentionally ************ *** *********** ***** ***** and ************* *********** *****’* **** ** his ********* ** ******* ******** *** perception **** ***** *** “****” **** not *** **** ******.

***** ***** ******** ** *** ***** 2021 ** ******** **** ******** ** the ************* ****** *** *** ******** Ubiquiti ******** *** *** **** ******. Indeed, *****' ******** **** ******* ******:

** ******* ****, ********** ************** ***.[****:**] ********* **** * ****** ** a ***** ***** ***** ******** *** exposed ******** ******* ***********. ** *****,a ******** ******** ********** *** ******* *** *********** *********** the ***** ** *** ********, *** that *** *****-***** ***** ******** ***** was * ***********. ** *********,a ****** ******** ********* was arrested and charged with stealing data and trying to extort his employer while pretending to be a whistleblower. [emphasis added]

**** **** *** ******* ******* ** not *** "******** ********" *** "****** Ubiquiti *********" *** *** **** ******.

******** ************ ***** ***** **** **** portion ** *** ***** ******** **** article ** *** *********, ******** ***** hid **** ******* **** **** *** the **** ******:

** ******, *** “******** ********” *** the “****** ******** *********” **** ***** referenced *** *** **** ******: *****. This *** ********—***** ********* ** ***** as ** “********” *** **** ** a “*********”—*** * *********** ******* ** Krebs ** **** **** *** ******* the **** **** ***** **** ** legitimate ******* *** *** *******.

***** *** *** ****** ******* ** already **** **** *** ************* ****** was *** ******* ******** ******** ** March **** **** *** ************* ********** him.

Ubiquiti ****** "*****" **********

******** ********** ****** ** *** ********* that ***** ***** ***** ********** ***** Ubiquiti ** *** ***** **** *****:

***** ******* ******* ******** ** ********** fraud, ********* ******* ***, *** ********* SEC ***********, *** ** ************ *** claim **** “****** ** *********’ ******* deployed ** ************ *** ***** ****** the ***** *** ** ****” *** that ******** *** ********** ** ******* the ***** *** *** “********* ******* to ********** ******* *********.”

*******, **** **** ***** ********** ******** Ubiquiti's ******** ** *** ******. ** Krebs' *******, ** ****** *** ************* on ********* ******* (*.*. "*** ********* had ****** ************** ****** ** ********'* servers" *** "******** *** ********* *******") and ******** *** *** **** *** truths ** ***** ********** ** *** complaint.

Fact *. ******* *** ** ********** ********

***** ********* * ****** ** ********** about ********'* ****** **** ** ***** from *** "*************," ****, *********:

  • “** [*** ******] *** **************** ***** than ********, *** ***** ******** *** overruled ******* ** ********** ******* *********.”
  • *** ****** *** “********** *** ************ written ** ***** **** * *** party ***** ****** *** ** **** and **** ******** *** ****** * casualty ** ****, ******* ** *** target ** *** ******.”
  • "*** ********* *** ****** ************** ****** to ********’* ******* ** ******’* ***** service."
  • “******** *** ********* ******* (** ****** logging ** *********) ** ** *** unable ** ***** ** ******** **** they ********, *** *** ******** ******** the *********** ** *** *********, *** created ***** ********* **** ********** ************ to **** *********."

*******, **** ** ***** ********** ***** be ******** (*.*. [*** ******] "*** catastrophically ***** **** ********") ***** ****** can ** ***** ** ** * true ** ***** **** (*.*. ******* or *** ***** ******** ******* ** protect *********).

"******** ***** ********** ** **** ** opinion ** ****** ****** **** ***** sources ********* ***’* ******* ***,"*** ******* ***** *** ******* (****) at ******* ********** ******,**********:

* ****** *** **** ****** *** have ******** ***** ** **** **** conclusion **, *** ** ***** ** a ********** ********* ** *** ******* facts **** *** ** ** *****.

*******, ** ** *** *********** *************** to ********* ******* * ********* ** a **** ** * ********* *******, with *** **** *******," ** *******, courts **** **** ** *** ******* and ****** ** ***** *** ******* defamation ********."

Krebs *******: ***** *** *******

*****' *******, ** *** **** **** the *** ******** *** ************* *** the ******** ******** ****** ** ******** 2021, *** **** *** "***** ** the ***** *** *******," ** ***** from *** ***** *****.

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Contradictory **********?

*******, **** ***** ************ ** ******** ********* ***** ** *** ***** **** everything ** ***** ** ***** **** was ****. ** *** ******** **** piece, ** ********** ******** **** *** DOJ **********:

******* **** ***** *** *** ******** its ****** *******, ***** “****** ***** or ********** **** ******* ** ** published ***** *** ********,” *********** ***.Among *** ****** **** ** ***** **** ******* *** **** ******** *** ********* ** **** ****** **** **** ***** ***** *** ******* ** ********** *** **** ***** ** *** *********. ** *******, *** ********** *******, ***** *** ********* ** *** *** *** ****** ** **** ********’* ******* **** ******* **** ** **** ******** ** ***. [emphasis added]

** *** ***** ****, ***** ******* had ******* ** ***** **** **** Ubiquiti ********* ** **** **** ** all, ******* *** ************* ******:

“******** *** ********* ******* (no ****** ******* ** *********) so it was unable to prove or disprove what they accessed, but the attacker targeted the credentials to the databases, and created Linux instances with networking connectivity to said databases,” Adam wrote in his letter. [emphasis added]

******** ****** *** *** **** **** at *** ** **** **** **** of ****, ****** *** * ***** period ** **** *** ** *****'* sabotage. *******, **** ** * **** that ***** *********, *** *** ***** will **** ** ****** ******* ** was **** ** ***.

Krebs: ** *******

***** ******** ** ******* ** **** on **** *******:

******, ***, *** ** *** ******* of ******* * **** *** **** any *******.

Risks *** ***** *** ********

***** **** ********'* *** *****' ********* of *** ******* **** **** *************, both ***** **** ***** ** **** lawsuit.

** *** *** ****, ***** ** relatively ***** ** ***** ** * financial **** ** *** ********** ** to **** **. *******, ***** ** also ********** ********* *** ** * well-known ************* **********, ** ** *** get ***-**** ******* *** ** ******* to ******* *** *** **** **** case ** ********* ** *** ******* public.

** *** ***** ****, ******** *** lots ** **** ** ***** *** possibly **** ** **** *******, *** it ** **** * ******** ****** of ******** ********* *** *****-*******. *********, a ******* ***** ****** *********** ************ issues *** *** *******. *******, ***** has * ***** ****** ********* ** Ubiquiti ********** **** ******* ***** **** bad ***** ** **** ********* ******* on ********.

** *** ******** ****, ******** ***** use **** ******* ** **** ** its ******** ** *** *********** ******** about *** ***** **** ******. ******** management ***** ***** **** ** *** not ********* *** **** **** **** the ****** ** * ********** ****** by * *******.

Long **** ** *******, ******** ****-***** ***********

** ****** **** ***** ** ***** this ******* **********, ***** ***** ******** histories **** ***** ********, *******, ******** allegations, ***. ** ** ****** *** lawsuits ** **** ** *** ******** years ** ******* **** ****** ** settle.

*** **** ** ***** ** ********, which ******* ****-***** *********** ** **** to ******* **** ******. ****** *** "strategic ******** ******* ****** *************" *** anti-SLAPP **** *** ********* ** * state-to-state *****, **** ********** ****** **** of *** ****** *********** *** **** speech ** *** **. *********, ****-***** laws ******** ***** ********** **** ** a "******* ****** ** *******" ** that ********** *** ******* * ******* at ** ***** ***** ****** ******** in **** ********* *********.

********'* ****-***** ******* ** ***** *****, so *** ****** **** *** ************ how ******* ********** **** ** ********,*** ********* ********* *** ******* ** the ***** ******. *******, ***** ***** ** ********* by ***** ******** ** ******** *********** alleviated ** **** ******* ** ***** out.

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**** *** **** *** ** *** most *********** ****** ** *** **** decade. ** **** ******* ***********.

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* ****** **** ***** ***** ***********. It ***** ** ** * **** line ** ********* **** ******* **** said ** * ******* ********* ** as **** ****** **. ** ** Krebs ********* **** *** *** **** or **** * ************** **** *** they ****** ****'* ***** *** **** came **** **** * ***** *** they *** ********, ********** ***** ********** the *****. ** ***** ********* ** it *** **** ******* ****** ***** the **** **** ****, * ***** say **** *** ******. ** *** as *** ******* ** ****, * would *** ***** ** ****** *** it ** **** ** ***** ******/******* and *** ******** **** **** **.

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** ************** * ***** ** *** *********** ********* ****** * ******* ****** of "$*** *******":

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*******, ******* ** **** ****** ****** ********* ** *** *******. *******, *** ******* ***** ******* figures ******** ** ***** $**** ** page **:

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*** ****'* **** ***** **** ***** - $*** ******* ** *** ***** vs $*** ******** ** *** *********. Another *********** *** ******** **** ******.

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* ********* *** ******** ** ** media ***** *** ** ********* *** title.

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*****, **** * ****** "*******" ** unforgivable ** **. ** *** ******* yourself ** ** * ********** ***'** supposed ** ****** *** ****, *** create **. **** **** ******** *** proofreading ****** ** ********** ***% ****** you *** *******.

****** **** **** ******** *** ** mistake. **** *********.

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*****, **** * ****** "*******" ** unforgivable ** **.

'************' ***** * *** *****.

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**** ***** ******* **** *** "*************" came *** ** * **** * did ***** ** ****** ***** ** Ubiquiti ********, *** ********* ********** *** use ** *** ******. **** *** look ** ****** ** *** **** they **** * ******* ***** ***'* great, *** **** ******** ** ** as ******* *** ************.

* ****** ** *** ****** ** their ***** *** **** *********** **** would **** **** ********* ******* ** how **** ** **** ** *** huge ********** ********* *** ***** ******** which *** * **** ******** ******** to ****.

***** ** **** *** ** *** an ****** *** *** *** *** same ***, ** ****'* *** ***** with ** **** ***** *** *** make ** *****. * *** ** is ******** ** ******* *** *******, so ***** ** ***'* **** *** and *** **** *** ** ***, but ** ***** **** ***** ******* that ***** *** *********** *** "*************" was *****.

******** ***** ***** ** *** ****, but **** **** ****** ******* *** an ****** **** *****'* ******* *****. They **** **** ** ***** **** this *** **** **.

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**** **** ** ******* *** ***** do ** *** **** *************'* ****** before ********** ****?

***** *** * ***** **** ** where ** ** *******.

***** *** ** ********** *** ****** these ******** ***** ***** **** ** Ubiquity ***** - *** *** ** published **** ******.

********* *****, ***, ** **** ******* to ******* ** ******* *** *********** once *** '*************' *** ********.

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***...**** ** ********* ***** *** ******. Based ** *** ****** ** ****, he *** ** **** **** **** sensationalized. ** ****** ** *** ***** for ******. **** ** **** **** to ******** ***** ****** ***** ******, he ***** * ************* ******** **** I'm ******** ** *** ** **** would ****** ******** (********* ** ** was ********* ***** ***** ********* ****** at *** ****)...

*** ****'* ************* *** *** *** media *****, *** *** **** ******** isn't ******. ******* ***** *** *******, baddest ******** **** ** **** *** clicks / ******* / ******* *** subsequently *******, *** **** ** ** with ****** ********.

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* ******* ***** ** ** ***** ground ****.

**** **** ***** ******** **** **** would ***** *** ********* **** *** flung.

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**** **** ***** ******** **** **** would ***** *** ********* **** *** flung.

**** *** **:

"Between ***** **, **** *** ***** **, ****, ***** *** *****' ****** **** ****, ******** ***** **** ~**%, ****** **** $* ******* ** ****** **************"

*****relied ** *** ******* ****** - who turned out to be the actual perpetrator of the 'hack' himself - and Ubiquity suffered financially based on Krebs never attempting to substantiate the claims before publishing them. that's solid ground?

***, ***** ***** ***** **** ** as * ********* ********. ******** ***** that ** ******* ******* ************* *** *** ******* ** *************** hit ***** *****.

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****** **** (***) ******* ****** ****** whose ******** *** ******, *** ******* his ******** '*** ** ******.'

************* ******* ***** ***** *** **** to ** **** (*** ***) ***'* just **** *** ** ***, ** from '*********' ***********.

*** ****** *** ****** *****-** ******** who ******* ****.

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******,* *** ***** ****** **** ***** side**** **** *** ********** * ********** and **** ***** *** ** ********* until **** ***** ** ******* ** Ubiquiti's *********:

********* *** ********* ***** ** ******** (as **** ** ******** ********* ***** Krebs) *** ********* ******* ** *********** to *********** ******* *** *******. ***** the ************* *** ** ***** *********** litigation ********, ** ********* ***** **** 6, **** ** ********** *** ********* to *** *******, *** **** *** prejudice *** *****.

***** ** ******** ** ***** *********** by ************* ************* ***** *****, ***** *********** ** ***** ********* Cases *** ********-***** **** ***************** *. ******.

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