How a WhatsApp message may have hacked the world’s richest man’s phone

How a WhatsApp message may have hacked the world’s richest man’s phone

"Soon after the message was sent, investigators concluded, a massive amount of data was extracted from Bezos's phone", the news outlet notes. In May of that year, the prince's WhatsApp account then sent an encrypted video file to Bezos' smartphone that turned out to be malicious.

Bezos went public about the incident after allegedly being shaken down by the National Enquirer tabloid, which he said threatened to expose a "below-the-belt" selfie he'd taken and other private messages he'd exchanged with a woman he was dating while still married at the time.

In January 2019, the National Enquirer exposed Bezos' extramarital affair with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV host, with their private text messages.

Bezos owns The Washington Post, which was home to Khashoggi's critical columns on the Saudi crown prince.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud dismissed the allegations.

But the independent United Nations experts - Agnes Callamard, special rapporteur on summary executions and extrajudicial killings, and David Kaye, special rapporteur on freedom of expression - said the crown prince's "possible involvement" had to be investigated.

A joint statement from Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur for extra-judicial killings, and David Kaye, the UN's special rapporteur for free expression, said the allegation "demands immediate investigation by U.S. and other relevant authorities".

Saudi Arabia has denied accusations made by Amazon chief Jeff Bezos that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked his phone, calling it "absurd" despite mounting evidence supporting the United States tycoon's claim.

Not really as a report by The Financial Times claims that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' phone may have been hacked.

It comes a day after news emerged, citing a forensics report commissioned to examine the Amazon founder's phone, that the malware was delivered from a number belonging to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

If Saudi experts are to be believed, Bezos was targeted because of his ownership of The Washington Post.

The Guardian report notes that recent hacking revelation could potentially undermine the crown prince's efforts to lure western investors into Saudi Arabia.

"The alleged hacking of Mr. Bezos's phone, and those of others, demands immediate investigation by USA and other relevant authorities", the pair insisted. The report by FTI Consulting claims data began leaving Mr Bezos' phone about a month after the video was shared.

There may be a link between the hack and the killing of Jamal Khashoggi however.

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