In a response to queries citing an unidentified official, Saudi Arabia's information ministry rejected news reports on the Bezos phone breach as "wholly unsubstantiated allegations", and said it doesn't conduct or condone such illicit activities. He is believed to have been assassinated on a visit to the Saudi embassy in Turkey on October 2 2018.
Mendelsohn, who helps run Facebook's Europe, Middle East and Africa business, said that the company would take any allegations that its service was used in a hack very seriously and would look into it, but said the company couldn't "comment on any individual story".
"These allegations are relevant as well to ongoing evaluation of claims about the crown prince's involvement in the 2018 murder of Saudi and Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi".
The two had exchanged numbers a month before, they said. 9to5mac has the full rundown of the events, but in short, Bezos received a video on WhatsApp, sent from an account belonging to the crown prince.
Jeff Bezos tweeted a tribute to slain columnist Jamal Khashoggi Wednesday after reports indicated that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman personally hacked the Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner's phone, Anadolu reports. Trump has been reluctant to condemn the Saudi prince over the Khashoggi killing and often expresses satisfaction with his government's purchases of US weapons. Trump had also tweeted about the Enquirer articles against Bezos - "far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post", he said.More news: Prince Charles warns of climate crisis as he meets Greta Thunberg
United Nations rapporteurs said Wednesday their initial findings indicate that bin Salman was involved in the effort to hack Bezos' phone in an attempt to quash The Washington Post's reporting on Saudi Arabia.
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Bezos, the world's richest man, announced in early 2019 he was the target of a blackmail campaign by the National Enquirer tabloid which threatened to publish lurid pictures of him and his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez as he was moving toward divorcing his wife.
The digital forensic investigation assessed with "medium to high confidence" that Bezos' phone was infiltrated on May 1, 2018, via the video file sent from the crown prince's WhatsApp account. In the end you have to ignore everything and click I agree'.More news: Big names progress at Australian Open
According to the investigators' timeline, one of the Crown Prince's messages contained a photograph accompanied by a "sardonic caption". Within hours of receiving it, "a massive and unauthorized exfiltration of data from Bezos's phone began", according to the report.
"For context, this was after the relationship would have been obvious to persons with access to private texts, calls, and images on Bezos" phone, but months before the relationship was known or reported publicly. But on February 16, 2019, two days after Bezos had received a briefing on the Saudi online campaign against him, his WhatsApp account sent another message to Bezos telling him to be skeptical of what he was hearing.
Saudi Arabia has promoted a veneration of the crown prince in an effort to swing nationalist opinion behind his reforms, which have been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent at home.
'This text evinces an awareness of what Bezos had just been told'.
American Media Inc, the Enquirer's publisher, has also denied any wrongdoing in its reporting of the Bezos/Sanchez affair.More news: Brexit is showing the strains in the UK's family of nations
People have already made up their mind about Prince Mohammed, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, and unless he enacts major political reforms, it's unlikely public opinion will shift in the West, he said.