Saudi Crown Prince Likely Used Israeli Spyware to Hack Bezos’ Phone: UN Experts

(MEE) — An examination of Jeff Bezos’ mobile revealed “an anomalous and extreme change in phone behaviour” after the Amazon CEO received a file from a WhatsApp account associated with the Saudi crown prince, two UN special rapporteurs said on Wednesday.

There is “reasonable belief” that the behaviour on Bezos’ phone was the result of Pegasus spyware sold to the Saudis by the Israeli NSO Group, the rapporteurs said in a statement summarising the findings of an “in-depth, forensic level examination.”

Their comments come a day after reports citing forensic experts alleged that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s WhatsApp account was used to hack Bezos’ phone in May 2018.

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By MEE staff Republished with permission / Middle East Eye / Report a typo

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