A legal complaint by former Republican National Committee Finance Chairman Elliott Broidy was filed in Federal Court against the government of Qatar and US-based security firm, Global Risk Advisors (GRA), in cybercriminal activities to win the bid in hosting the 2022 World Cup. The complaint alleges that GRA recruited the most highly trained former counterintelligence personnel in favor of the oil-rich country’s winning bid that was led by GRA CEO Kevin Chalker. This tactic was called Project Deviant or “Shep” where it includes hacking non-public personal information and manipulating it for promotional materials and public relations campaigns. GRA requested from Qatar more than $500 million for this work but ultimately received about $100 million, primarily for illegal activity. The lawsuit was triggered by an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice against Qatar’s alleged bribery to FIFA officials to secure World Cup hosting and Qatar’s targeting of U.S. institutions of higher learning by the U.S. Department of Education.