Saudi Crown Prince Behind Bezos' Phone Hack

Saudi crown prince himself hacked Jeff Bezos' phone

Mohammed bin Salman Allegedly Stole Data From Jeff Bezos' Phone to Influence Washington Post Coverage: Report

According to the analysis, Bezos received a video from the Saudi Crown Prince on WhatsApp which turned out to be an encrypted malware to transfer data off his phone.

A forensic report that was commissioned by Bezos and shared with the United Nations experts assessed with "medium to high confidence" that his phone was infiltrated on May 1, 2018, via the MP4 video file.

According to Bloomberg, these suspicions were premised on the fact that Bezos owns the Washington Post, which has written critical stories about United States president Donald Trump.

The brother of Bezos' mistress leaked photos and intimate text messages to the National Enquirer, but the investigator believes the release of information was nothing more than misdirection, and the hacking goes much deeper than simple greed.

However, the investigation by Bezos' own team found with "high confidence" that the Saudis had managed to "access" his phone and gain private information about him.

Saudi Arabia has denied its involvement in the hack and the government described the killing of Khashoggi as a result of a "rogue operation".

Saudi had said it had nothing to do with the reporting. Callamard had previously investigated Khashoggi's murder, and found "credible evidence" that MBS and other senior officials in the Kingdom were behind the killing.

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Bezos and Amazon Inc have so far not made any comments on the reports.

"This was part of a massive, clandestine online campaign against Mr. Bezos and Amazon, apparently targeting him principally as the owner of The Washington Post", the experts' statement via the UN Human Rights Commission said. Bezos and Mohammed reportedly exchanged phone numbers at a dinner in Los Angeles during the Saudi leader's 2018 tour of the U.S.

The Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos, reported previous year that the Central Intelligence Agency linked the crown prince to the 2018 murder of Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The allegation arrives nearly a year after Bezos' personal security consultant, Gavin de Becker, accused Saudi operatives of hacking Amazon CEO's phone.

The revelation casts a new shadow over the future king, whose efforts to overhaul Saudi Arabia's economy and attract foreign investment have been frustrated by the Saudi government's role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Tuesday, The Financial Times reported on the stunning allegation, which comes from a forensic analysis Bezos commissioned to determine the culprit behind the hack.

Gavin de Becker, Bezos's head of security described "the close relationship" Crown Prince bin Salman built with David Pecker, head of AMI in the months prior to the Bezos leak.

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