Since June 2019, United Nations employees have been discouraged from using WhatsApp because the UN does not see the app as a secure system. That said a UN spokesman Thursday.
The spokesperson responded to questions from Reuters news agency , following the UN's desire for an investigation into the hack of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' phone. This is where Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia may be involved.
Bezos was hit by a cyber attack in 2018. Sources reported to The Guardian on Wednesday that Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman would be behind this.
The hack may have been linked to the murder of The Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Bezos owns the newspaper where Khashoggi worked since 2013.
Hack possible by video file that sent crown prince to Bezos
Bezos' phone was allegedly hacked in May 2018 after Bin Salman sent him a WhatsApp message from his personal phone, wrote The Guardian on Wednesday morning based on sources.
The crown prince allegedly sent Bezos a video file via WhatsApp, after which large amounts of data were pulled from the phone of the richest man in the world within hours.
After a digital analysis and conversations with anonymous sources, the British newspaper concludes that it is very likely that Bin Salman intentionally sent the file. The Guardian does not know the content of the messages that were taken from the phone.
The Saudi Arabian embassy in the United States calls the accusation "absurd" and wants an investigation.