The White House said on Thursday that it was taking reports that Amazon CEO Joseph Bezos was hacked seriously, after reports spread that the Saudi crown prince might have been involved in the incident.
Hogan Gedley, spokesman, told reporters in Washington on Thursday that he had no additional information about Bezos phone piracy.
Bezos is also the owner of the Washington Post, with whom the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed more than a year ago at his country’s consulate in Istanbul, was collaborating with him in an operation that sparked international condemnation, after news of the involvement of Saudi officials in force, despite the Kingdom’s denial.
According to the British Guardian, the “penetration” of Bezos’ mobile phone in 2018 “came after he received a message on WhatsApp, apparently sent from the personal account of the Crown Prince.”
“The encrypted message sent from the number used by Prince Muhammad bin Salman, contained a harmful file that infiltrated the phone of the owner of the Washington Post and the richest man in the world, according to the results of a digital evidence analysis,” the Guardian said.
The Guardian notes that the Crown Prince and Bezos were exchanging friendly messages on WhatsApp, when the malicious file was sent on May 1 of that year, according to sources the newspaper said had spoken to on the condition of anonymity.
It quoted “informed source” that “large quantities of data were removed from the Bezos phone within hours.”
Two independent experts at the United Nations said on Wednesday that they had received information that the phone of the Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, was exposed to piracy through a message via an account on the WhatsApp application, which belongs to the Saudi crown prince.