World Richest Man and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos mobile phone was hacked after receiving a WhatsApp message sent from a number belonging to Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, it has been claimed.
The world richest man Jeff Bezos is thought to have been having a conversation with the prince when the businessman was reportedly sent a video that contained a malicious file designed to infiltrate his device, according to the Guardian.
The allegations follow the leaking of Mr Jeff Bezos’s private information to US gossip magazine the National Enquirer, as well as the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post newspaper which is owned by the billionaire.
It was claimed “large amounts of data” were acquired from Mr Bezos’s phone within a matter of hours, according to the investigation into the hacking which was reportedly carried out on the businessman’s behalf.
In February 2019, Mr Bezos accused the National Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail” after the tabloid published texts between the billionaire and his girlfriend, former Fox TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.
However at the time Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said the kingdom had “absolutely nothing to do” with the affair, adding: “This is something between the two parties, we have nothing to do with it,”
Meanwhile the kingdom has long maintained the killing of Khashoggi was carried out by “rogue” actors – despite Agnes Callamard, the UN rapporteur investigating the killing, saying the state had been responsible.
A lawyer for Jeff Bezos, however, declined to comment on the matter. “I have no comment on this except to say that Mr Bezos is cooperating with investigations,” he said.