Huawei continues to take its fight with the US (and, increasingly, with US allies, as UK Prime Minister Johnson's remarks this week suggest) to court. The Chinese hardware giant has filed a suit in the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (in New Orleans) seeking relief from the Federal Communications Commission's order that blocked the use of certain Federal funds to purchase Huawei equipment. The FCC hasn't commented, but Huawei's lawyers have. “Instead of having standards and then applying them neutrally, they figured out the companies they wanted to hurt,” Michael Carvin, an attorney with the law firm Jones Day representing Huawei, told the Washington Post. “Basically, they deprived [Huawei] of all the normal principles of due process and fairness.”
Britain’s National Crime Authority announced today that a Russian gentleman, one Maksim Yakubets has been indicted in the US on charges related to his alleged involvement in two distinct international hacking and bank fraud capers that ran from May of 2009 through the present. The indictment came from a joint investigation by the NCA, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (the NCSC) and the US FBI. Mr. Yakubets, a thirty-two-year-old Muscovite, is alleged to he the proprietor of “Evil Corp.,” which the NCA describes as the “world’s most harmful cyber crime gang” responsible for losses in the hundreds of millions of pounds in the United Kingdom alone. He is alleged to have employed dozens of henchmen and presumably henchwomen, too, who operated his gang from Moscow cafe basements. The Dridex banking Trojan has been the principal form of malware associated with Evil Corp. Mr. Yakubets is not in custody--he’s safely in Russia. But should he decide to travel abroad, the US will ready for his extradition. As the choice of "Evil Corp." for his alleged criminal enterprise suggests, Mr. Yakubets is of a brazen disposition. He's said to drive a Lamborghini with a vanity plate that translates to "Thief." Whatever else you might say about him, the bad boy's no shrinking violet.