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Former Ubiquiti Engineer Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for “Idiotic Hyperfix” Hacking Scheme

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ByEsme Greene

Jul 21, 2023
Ubiquiti Engineer Sentenced to Hacking
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Nicholas Sharp, a former Ubiquiti engineer, was given a six-year prison term for stealing hundreds of gigabytes of private data, holding his former company for a $1.9 million ransom, and then making the information public. Sharpe, who was found guilty by a New York court, entered a guilty plea.

Sharp’s explanations

Sharp made an effort to defend his conduct by saying that the intrusion was a result of a “unapproved security training course” that made Ubiquiti “more secure.” Robert Pera, CEO of Ubiquiti, was charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly blocking security issues and causing his “idiotic hyper-fixation” with resolving them. Judge Catherine Polk Failla stated that the court did not accept Mr. Sharp’s justification and that “Mr. Sharp should not have portrayed God under these conditions.”

What happened?

Ubiquiti told its customers in January 2021 that someone had gained unauthorized access to its cloud-hosted IT systems. In March, a person claiming to be a whistleblower described the incident as “catastrophic,” asserting that the company was unable to determine the full scope of the attack because it did not maintain adequate logs and that the attacker had obtained access to Ubiquiti’s Amazon Web Services, which could have given him root access to all Ubiquiti AWS accounts.

Sharp has long pretended to be an informant, charging Ubiquiti with downplaying the gravity of the data leak. He continued to work for the business at the same time. It doesn’t seem that Ubiquiti’s assertion that the attackers had no access to consumer data conflicts with the facts that the investigation presented.


Technical blunder allowed Sharp to be located. When gathering information and sending emails, he utilized the SurfShark VPN service to conceal his identity, but “in one instance” his true IP address was discovered and logged when he connected to the business’s GitHub. The Justice Department claims that this occurred when Sharp’s home internet connection briefly dropped out before reconnecting.

In exchange for access to a large amount of sensitive corporate data, the former Ubiquiti employee admitted responsibility and wanted a ransom from the firm. The police investigation, he said, was defective, and the company’s data breach was considerably bigger than the probe revealed. He also went to the media under the guise of an anonymous whistleblower.

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