DoJ Files Conspiracy and Fraud Charges Against Huawei

Today’s topics include the U.S. Department of Justice unleashing a 13-count criminal indictment against Huawei, and the Nginx Application Platform expanding with new API management capabilities.

Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced Jan. 28 that the Department of Justice has filed charges against Huawei Technologies Co. and its CFO, Meng Wanzhou, for a series of alleged criminal acts, including bank fraud, conspiracy, money laundering, obstruction of justice and fraud, against the United States. The company has also been charged in a separate action with violating sanctions on Iran.

The 13-count indictment, which includes allegations against Huawei, Huawei USA and Skycom Tech in addition to Meng, charges that the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud and then did commit that fraud against four international banks with operations in the United States and the European Union.

They also allege that Skycom, which in the indictment is referred to as “Huawei’s Iran-based subsidiary,” was used in a money-laundering scheme as a sort of cut-out to get around U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Nginx is targeting three core use cases for its Nginx Application Platform: The first is application delivery, which includes load balancing and caching; the second is API management, which is now available; and the third is for service mesh, which will be formally announced later in 2019.

The new native API gateway module improves performance and manageability for customers, according to Gus Robertson, CEO of Nginx.

He noted that many of the existing vendors in the API management space are using Nginx as the underlying data plane, and that since his company understands the core Nginx code base better than anyone else, it is able to create a simplified architecture for API management with high performance.