Jeff Bezos’s Phone Hacked by using WhatsApp Message
NEW DELHI: Reports of people’s phones getting hacked because of malware or virus are pretty common. Sometimes it’s because of a fraudulent message they click or a ‘dangerous app’. However, one would think that the world’s richest man won’t fall prey to hacks. Not really as a report by The Financial Times claims that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s phone may have been hacked.
The report states that Bezos hired security consultants to investigate whether his phone was hacked or not. The security consultants, as per the report, said that a WhatsApp account linked to the crown prince of Saudi Arabia may be behind the hack. The report further says that Bezos’ personal messages were leaked by a tabloid National Enquirer.
Bezos did have a dinner meeting with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, and the report suggests that the two men exchanged numbers. Bezos then received a video file from a number that was linked to bin Salman’s WhatsApp account.
FTI Consulting, the security firm Bezos engaged with to look into the matter, said that they had “medium to a high degree of confidence” about the WhatsApp link Bezos received could be behind the hack.
This isn’t the first time reports of Bezos’ data being hacked has come into the light. Last year, Gavin Becker, Bezos’ chief security officer had also said that the Saudis may be behind it. In an article, Becker said the Bezos had asked him to “spend whatever is needed” to find out about the hacking of his phone and data. Becker wrote that after his investigation was complete he didn’t want to make details of it public. What he did say was this: “I am, however, comfortable confirming one key fact: Our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information.”