Saudi Prince Allegedly Hacked World's Richest Man Jeff Bezos Using WhatsApp

Saudi Prince Allegedly Hacked World's Richest Man Jeff Bezos Using WhatsApp

Saudi Prince Allegedly Hacked World's Richest Man Jeff Bezos Using WhatsApp

The Guardian first reported on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had covertly stolen data from the Amazon CEO's phone after sending an unsolicited video that contained a malicious file. The analysis claims to have found it "highly probable" that Bezos' phone was intruded by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir. Bezos wrote a Medium post that February saying that he was investigating how the outlet obtained his texts and exposing exchanges with the Nation Enquirer where an editor blackmailed him with explicit photos traded between him and Sanchez.

The UN experts reviewed a 2019 digital forensic analysis of Mr Bezos' iPhone, which they said was made available to them as UN Special Rapporteurs.

Bin Salman has repeatedly denied he was behind Khashoggi's murder.

On Wednesday, Callamard and Kaye said the hacking allegations were "relevant" to "ongoing evaluation of claims" of the Crown Prince's "involvement" in Khashoggi's murder.

The Saudi embassy in the United States called the allegations "absurd".

A private investigator hired by the Amazon CEO claimed later that Saudi Arabia had hacked his phone.

The report is set to worsen relations between the world's richest man and the kingdom which had soured following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, who was also a columnist for Middle East Eye and the Bezos-owned Washington Post.

Bezos is the owner of online shopping giant Amazon and the prestigious USA daily Washington Post, which employed the brutally murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia has dismissed allegations of hacking Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' phone.

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said independent experts are "gravely concerned" about reports that said a WhatsApp account linked to the prince hacked Bezos' phone in 2018. Bezos' phone was hacked and he had to endure personal and financial loss as he kept his individual and business data on the same phone.

Both the Central Intelligence Agency and Callamard have directly linked the prince to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies.

But de Becker did not specify which part of the Saudi government he was blaming for the hack, and gave few details about the investigation that led him to the conclusion that the kingdom was responsible.

"He probably believed that if he got something on Bezos it could shape coverage of Saudi Arabia in the Post", Andrew Miller, who served on the national security council under former President Barack Obama, said.

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