Thursday, January 23, 2020

Saudi Crown Prince Was Involved in Hacking Jeff Bezos’ Phone ↦

Mark Fisher of the Washington Post reports that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in hacking Jeff Bezos’ phone:

[…] on May 1 [2018], the prince sent Bezos a WhatsApp message containing a video in Arabic promoting Saudi Arabia’s telecom market. Allegedly inside the video file, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday, was a tiny, malicious piece of code that allowed the sender to extract massive amounts of information from the phone over the course of many months.

Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, which published opinion pieces from Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi was later killed in October 2018 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.