Ubiquiti sued Illinois-based Cambium on Tuesday, claiming the company is selling firmware that changes the existing firmware on Ubiquiti's wireless equipment so it exceeds Ubiquiti's transmission thresholds, making it no longer compliant with the Federal Communications Commission's rules.
The 74-page, 15-count complaint brings claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Illinois Computer Crime Prevention Law, the Copyright Act and more. It also accuses Cambium of teaming up with distributors such as Winncom Technologies Inc. as part of a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act enterprise to entice Ubiquiti customers to use its firmware.
Ubiquiti says Cambium first got ahold of its technology sometime around November 2016. It was then that the company first hosted a webinar that walked customers through the process of hacking Ubiquiti's firmware from its M-series wireless equipment, the suit says.