Jeff Bezos' phone was reportedly hacked using Saudi Prince's WhatsApp account

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The revelations come from a report in The Guardian, which claims the encrypted message contained a video file that forensic analysists believe was likely to contain malware. Once activated, it was able to remove large amounts of data from Bezos’ phone. Exactly what was taken and what it was used for is unknown.

According to the Guardian’s sources, Bezos and the crown prince had been having a friendly exchange over WhatsApp before the unsolicited file was sent.

Five months after the hack took place, Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi Arabia government and journalist at the Bezos-owned Washington Post, entered the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain a document proving he was divorced so that he could marry his fiancée. He never came back out. Reports say he was tortured and murdered inside the building before being cut into pieces and smuggled out of the consulate in bags.

In February last year, Bezos said he was being extorted and blackmailed by the National Enquirer tabloid, which published texts and photos of Bezos and Lauren Sanchez that appeared to show he was having an extramarital affair with the broadcaster. The Inquirer claims the data came from Sanchez's brother and not from a hack, but Amazon head of security Gavin de Becker wrote that "our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos' phone, and gained private information."

The US embassy of Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement in the hack, tweeting that the reports are “absurd,” but Reuters writes that U.N. special rapporteurs, Agnes Callamard and David Kaye, said they had information pointing to the “possible involvement” of Prince Mohammed.

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ShagnWagn

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Yeah, go ahead and install that "dark mode" that was just released. Go ahead and keep installing more and more apps. Go ahead and keep storing your info on the "cloud" - internet. You are basically giving out keys to your house to companies out there. Anyone can make copies of those keys. And you know how much we can trust companies...
 
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Matt12345170

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Now, this is obviously just conjecture, but this sound like the exact type of pettiness that Trump would have his hands in >.<
 
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lipe123

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Yeah, go ahead and install that "dark mode" that was just released. Go ahead and keep installing more and more apps. Go ahead and keep storing your info on the "cloud" - internet. You are basically giving out keys to your house to companies out there. Anyone can make copies of those keys. And you know how much we can trust companies...
Wasn't an app tho, it was a "video" file that contained some kind of malware in it. Typical Phishing attack vector.
Just goes to show everyone is vulnerable to these things!
 

Yynxs

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Probably a new hire assistant...
from a flyover Chinese province...
on the Sino-Soviet border...
with ties to North Korea's Kim Jong-Un...
implementing "The Christmas Surprise"
 

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