Jeff Bezos hack: Saudi Arabia calls claim ‘absurd’

      Published on Thursday, 23 January , 2020      587 Views     
Jeff Bezos hack: Saudi Arabia calls claim ‘absurd’

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A message from a phone number used by the prince has been implicated in the data breach, according to reports.

The kingdom’s US embassy said the stories were “absurd” and called for an investigation into them.




Relations between Saudi Arabia and Mr Bezos – who owns the Washington Post – worsened after one of the newspaper’s staff was killed in a Saudi consulate.

Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was murdered in Istanbul months after this alleged cyber-attack took place.

In a blog post last year, Mr Bezos insinuated that the Saudi regime was unhappy with the “the Post’s essential and unrelenting coverage” of the killing. “It is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles,” he wrote.

Mr Bezos’ phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message in May 2018 that was sent from Mohammed bin Salman’s personal account, according to the Guardian newspaper which broke the story.

An investigation into the data breach reportedly found that the billionaire’s phone had started secretly sharing huge amounts of data after he received an encrypted video file from the prince.

The Twitter account of the kingdom’s US embassy issued an outright denial of the claims.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the BBC.

The allegations are based on a report that was commissioned by the private security firm FTI Consulting, which was hired by Mr Bezos.

Two UN officials are expected to make a statement about the credibility of the allegations later on Wednesday.



 


Category Government | 2020/01/23 latest update at 10:30 PM
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