There's a news story going around (see for example [1]; other accounts are even more breathless) about an amateur mathematician, Yu Jianchun, finding an "alternative method to verify Carmichael numbers". I'm curious as to the method; does anyone know about this?

I don't think this is is smoke and mirrors, as was the claimed proof of the Riemann Hypothesis by Opeyemi Enoch of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Nigeria. [2] Cai Tianxin of Zhejiang University has apparently read the proof and invited Yu Jianchun to give a talk at a graduate seminar, and CNN apparently ran the story by William Banks who apparently compared the discovery to the proof of the infinitude of Carmichael numbers (though from what appears in the article it seems he did not have access to the work itself).

But the article (appropriately, I suppose, for its nontechnical audience) doesn't give any real information on the discovery itself. The closest it comes is a picture of a letter (in Chinese) from Yu Jianchun with most of a formula: $$ \frac{\left(\frac{N^{P_1}-N}{N} - \frac{N^{P_1-P_2+1}-N}{P_1-P_2}\right)(P_1-P_2)}{P_2}(N,P_1,P_2 $$

(note that the rightmost part is cut off). There is also what might be a worked example, starting $$ \begin{align} =&\frac183^{3n}(3^n+1)^3(3^n+2)^3(3^{2n-1}+2\cdot3^{n-1}+1)^3\\ =&\left[\frac123^n(3^n+1)(3^n+2)(3^{2n-1}+2\cdot3^{n-1}+1)\right]^3 \end{align} $$ but it's hard to make sense of this without understanding the surrounding text (in Chinese).

[1] China's 'Good Will Hunting?' Migrant worker solves complex math problem