U.N. has "medium to high confidence" Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked by Saudi crown prince, calls for "immediate investigation"

by Laura Mize · Jan 22nd, 2020 11:58 am

Independent experts hired by the United Nations have called for an investigation into the possible hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' cell phone in May 2018.

The experts say they have received information indicating that an MP4 file sent by a WhatsApp account used by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman compromised Bezos' phone.

Bezos also owns The Washington Post, which employed columnist Jamal Khashoggi before his death in late 2018 at the hands of Saudi agents. Khashoggi's writings included criticism of the Saudi government.

"The information we have received suggests the possible involvement of the Crown Prince in surveillance of Mr. Bezos, in an effort to influence, if not silence, The Washington Post's reporting on Saudi Arabia," said U.N. contractors.

Saudi Arabia has denied that it is behind the attack.

Forensic analysis of the phone's activities shows it sent out large amounts of data in the months after Bezos received the video, the Associated Press reported.

"The Crown Prince and Mr. Bezos exchanged phone/WhatsApp numbers the month before the alleged hack," said the U.N. in a statement.