Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may have been hacked. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was reportedly hacked, but by whom?
An investigation conducted by FTI Consulting revealed that the tech tycoon was probably hacked in 2018 after receiving a malicious WhatsApp message, The Financial Times reported.
A digital forensic analysis found it “highly probable” that the number that texted Bezos originated from a chat account linked to Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman, FT reported. Tuesday, Saudi Arabia denied it was responsible for the cyberattack and called for a formal government investigation.
“Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos’ phone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out,” the Saudi Embassy in Washington tweeted.
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Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos’ phone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out.
On the heels of the hacking allegations, United Nations special investigators Agnes Callamard and David Kaye issued a joint statement saying the situation “demands immediate investigation by U.S. and other relevant authorities.”
According to The Guardian, Bezos and the Saudi prince exchanged numbers May 1, 2018. Within hours of exchanging contact information, Bezos received a video file that caused large swaths of data to be taken from his phone, The Guardian reported.
It’s not clear what data was taken or how it could be used.
The relationship between the world’s richest man and the powerful political figure went south after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist at The Washington Post, which Bezos owns. Khashoggi, a Saudi exile, frequently criticized the prince’s leadership. Saudi Arabia insisted the journalist’s murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was the result of a “rogue operation.”
The Guardian reported that The Washington Post owner’s phone was targeted five months before Khashoggi’s murder.
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