Saudi Arabia says accusations that Riyadh was behind hacking the phone of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are absurd, The Hill reported.
“Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos' phone are absurd,” the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., tweeted. “We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out.”
Earlier, The Guardian reported referring to its sources that Bezos's mobile phone was hacked from the phone of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. According to newspaper sources, it was carried out in May 2018 using a malicious file that was sent to Bezos in the WhatsApp messenger from the number of the Saudi prince.
"Large amounts of data were exfiltrated from Bezos’s phone within hours, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Guardian has no knowledge of what was taken from the phone or how it was used," the source noted. Last March, Bezos' head of security Gavin de Becker said his client’s phone was hacked by people working for the Saudi government, and intimate details of his life have been revealed.