Saudi Arabia accused of gaining access to Amazon chief’s phone

      Published on Monday, 1 April , 2019      246 Views     
Saudi Arabia accused of gaining access to Amazon chief’s phone

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Saudi Arabia has accessed the phone of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and obtained private data from it, his security officer has said.

Gavin De Becker launched an investigation after the National Enquirer published intimate texts that Mr Bezos had sent to his mistress, television anchor Lauren Sanchez.



Shortly before their publication, Mr Bezos had become the subject of tabloid stories after the announcement of his divorce to wife MacKenzie on Twitter.

Last month, Mr Bezos accused the newspaper’s owner of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing “intimate photos” he allegedly sent to Ms Sanchez unless he did not publicly state that the tabloid’s coverage of him was not politically motivated.

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez
Image:Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez

After the investigation, Mr De Becker concluded “with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone and gained private information.”

In an article for The Daily Beast website, Mr De Becker said the parent company of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc, had privately demanded that he deny finding any evidence of “electronic eavesdropping or hacking in their newsgathering process.”



He added: “As of today, it is unclear to what degree, if any, AMI was aware of the details.”

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Category Technology | 2019/04/01 latest update at 9:00 PM
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