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UN calls for 'immediate investigation' into hacking Jeff Bezos smartphone

2020-01-22T16:52:13.741Z

United Nations experts ask the US and other involved parties to clarify the hypothesis that Jeff Bezos's phone was hacked by a video sent via WhatsApp of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman



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January 22, 2020Agnes Callamard, United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial and summary executions and David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, expressed "strong concern" about the information received on the "possible involvement" of the Saudi crown prince to "influence , if not to silence, the Washington Post on Saudi Arabia. "

UN human rights experts therefore call for an "immediate investigation" by the United States and other parties involved in the allegations that Jeff Bezos' cell phone, Amazon founder and publisher of the Washington Post, was hacked in 2018 after receiving an Mp4 video via WhatsApp from the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It was the Guardian who revealed that, in May 2018, Bezos' mobile phone, which in addition to driving Amazon is also the owner of the Washington Post, had been hacked on the order of bin Salman. The alleged hacking allegedly occurred 5 months before the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist and dissident who collaborated with the Washington Post, killed on October 3, 2018 in the consulate
Saudi Arabia of Istanbul, Turkey.

Suspicions about the Israeli Nso
According to the report on the investigations released by the UN special rapporteurs Agnes Callamard and David Kaye, the Israeli company Nso, already called in the past for other hacker attacks on WhatsApp , may be involved in the hacking operation, which took place in May 2018 several media would have been created by the cyber division of the Israeli army.

There is a "reasonable belief" that Bezos' phone behavior is related to spyware Pegasus , sold to the Saudis by the Israeli Nso. Spyware is software that collects information regarding a user's online activity without his consent.

Absurd hypotheses
The Saudi embassy in Washington rejects the hypothesis put forward by media and UN experts and claims to have nothing to do with the alleged violation of the smartphone of the owner of Amazon and the Washington Post Jeff Bezos. "Recent media reports suggesting that the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone are absurd," wrote the Saudi Arabian embassy on his Twitter account. "We ask for an investigation into these claims so that we can have all the facts."

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.

- Saudi Embassy (@SaudiEmbassyUSA) January 22, 2020



Source: rainews

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