The smartphone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest gentleman, was reportedly hacked in May well 2018 soon after receiving a WhatsApp information from the private account of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Guardian newspaper unveiled currently.
Citing unnamed resources familiar with electronic forensic investigation of the breach, the newspaper claimed that a huge amount of facts was exfiltrated from Bezos’s cellphone within just hours right after he obtained a malicious video file from the Saudi prince.
The mysterious file was sent when crown prince Salman and Bezos were being possessing a pleasant WhatsApp discussion, and it really is ‘highly probable’ that it exploited an undisclosed zero-working day vulnerability of WhatsApp messenger to install malware on Bezos’s smartphone.
The Guardian said it didn’t know what data was extracted from the mobile phone, but the hack occurred pretty much 9 months right before an American tabloid newspaper published personal pics and messages sent by Bezos, disclosing his extramarital affair that prospects to a divorce from his wife of 25 several years.
Even though the tabloid newspaper claimed it was tipped off about the affair by the estranged brother of Bezos’s magic formula girlfriend, the new proof suggests, with moderately large self confidence, that the leak is joined to the hack of Bezos’s cellphone.
At that time, Jeff Bezos pointed out the organization romance involving the tabloid newspaper and Saudi Arabia and also hinted that how furious the Saudis were with him for the Washington Post’s coverage of the murder of its journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a powerful critic of the Kingdom’s rulers.
Considering that Bezos also owns the Washington Submit and the CIA claimed that Salman ordered Khashoggi’s assassination, the marriage among the Amazon main executive and the Saudi authorities soured straight away right after that.
To be noted, Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Oct 2018, practically five months after the alleged hack of the Bezos’s telephone.
Seemingly, the new revelation now completely aligns the timeline of occasions as follows:
- April 2018: Salman and Bezos exchanged quantities,
- Oct 2018: Jamal Khashoggi was murdered,
- November 2018: Washington Put up connected Jamal Khashoggi murder to Saudi regime,
- May 2019: Salman hacked into the Bezos’ telephone,
- January 2019: American tabloid exposed Bezos’ affair centered on leaked information.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s U.S. Embassy, in a tweet, dismissed the Guardian report by calling it “absurd” and questioned for an investigation.
“New media reviews that advise the Kingdom is powering the hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos’ telephone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these statements so that we can have all the details out,” The Saudi embassy mentioned.
Even so, at the time of crafting, it’s unclear irrespective of whether the alleged hack of Bezos’s cellular phone also leaked any sensitive company info connected to Amazon.