UN says Jeff Bezos’ telephone might have been hacked by Saudis


FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of "The Post" at The Newseum in Washington. United Nations experts on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 have called for "immediate investigation" by the United States into information they received that suggests that Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked after receiving a file sent from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's WhatsApp account.

FILE – On this Dec. 14, 2017, file picture, Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of “The Submit” at The Newseum in Washington. United Nations consultants on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 have known as for “rapid investigation” by the USA into data they obtained that means that Jeff Bezos’ telephone was hacked after receiving a file despatched from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account.

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United Nations consultants Wednesday known as for an “rapid investigation” by the USA and others into data they obtained that means that Jeff Bezos’ telephone was hacked after receiving a file despatched from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account.

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Bezos owns The Washington Submit and is the founding father of Amazon.

At a time when Saudi Arabia was supposedly investigating the killing of Saudi critic and Washington Submit columnist Jamal Khashoggi and prosecuting these it deemed accountable, “it was clandestinely waging a large on-line marketing campaign in opposition to Mr. Bezos and Amazon concentrating on him principally because the proprietor of The Washington Submit,” the consultants stated of their assertion.

The U.N. consultants reviewed a 2019 digital forensic evaluation of Bezos’ iPhone, which they stated was made obtainable to them as U.N. Particular Rapporteurs.

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The consultants stated that data confirmed that inside hours of receipt of a video from the crown prince’s WhatsApp account, there was “an anomalous and excessive change in telephone conduct” with monumental quantities of knowledge from the telephone being transmitted over the next months.

The Monetary Instances has seen the forensic report that was achieved by FTI Consulting, a personal agency employed by Bezos. The newspaper stated the forensic report “doesn’t declare to have conclusive proof,” and “couldn’t verify what alleged spyware and adware was used.”

The forensic report assessed with “medium to excessive confidence” that his telephone was infiltrated on Might 1, 2018 by way of an MP4 video file despatched from a WhatsApp account used personally by the Saudi crown prince.

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Khashoggi was killed by Saudi brokers contained in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October that very same yr.



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