UN EXPERTS DEMAND THE PROBE OF SAUDI CROWN PRINCE AFTER HACKING OF AMAZON BOSS'S PHONE


23/01/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- U.N. experts have demanded an immediate investigation by U.S. and other authorities into allegations that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was involved in a plot to hack the phone of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos. The kingdom's U.S. embassy has denied the "absurd" story saying "Recent media reports that suggest the kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos's phone are absurd. We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out"; however, the U.N. special rapporteurs, Agnes Callamard and David Kaye, said on Wednesday that they had information pointing to the "possible involvement" of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the alleged 2018 cyber attack.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Mr. Bezos - who also owns the Washington Post - worsened after Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government and one of the newspaper's staff, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. The killing took place months after the alleged cyber-hack took place. Mr. Bezos's phone was hacked after he received a WhatsApp message in May 2018 that was sent from the crown prince's personal account, according to the Guardian. An investigation into the data breach reportedly found that the billionaire's phone began secretly sharing huge amounts of data after he received the encrypted video file.

It is not clear what precise data was allegedly exfiltrated by Saudi Arabia. Bezos's own security team has in the past linked allegations that Saudis "accessed" Bezos's phone to the publication of a magazine, which included details about Bezos's extramarital relationship and intimate text messages.


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