- It seems likely that Saudi Arabia officials hacked Jeff Bezos’s personal phone, but his reason for doing so is unclear.
- The timing of the test does not align with current theories.
- Donald Trump is a common thread that unites Bezos, Prince Salman and the National Enquirer.
Everyone wants to know how Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was hacked. Not only because it is surprising to know that the phone of the great technological wig was not adequately protected against cybercrime, but because it is important in the current political landscape.
A forensic analysis of Jeff Bezos’s cell phone pointed to a WhatsApp video as the source of the piracy attack. The video was sent to Bezos by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.
Embassy denies Saudi Arabia hacking Bezos
Following reports from the piracy source, the Saudi Arabian embassy issued a statement on Twitter calling the accusations absurd. After all, why would Saudi officials want the personal information of Jeff Bezos?
There are some possible answers to that: the first and most prominent being who missed it in the wake of the death of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. WaPo called into question Khashoggi’s murder, and the terrible experience aggravated Bezos ‘relationship with Salman, but was that the reason for Bezos’ phone hacking?
Maybe, but the moment is questionable. The video in question was sent to Jeff Bezos on May 1 while the two men had a friendly conversation. Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul five months later.
Was it blackmail?
Some say that the fact that the Saudi price was monitoring Bezos’ device shows how transcendental the nation’s cyber surveillance efforts have become. Others claim that Salman sent the infected video in hopes of infecting Bezos if the coverage of Saudi Arabia in the Washington Post was unpopular.
Proponents of this theory point to private text messages published by the National Enquirer nine months later as evidence. But although the Saudis are almost certainly responsible for infecting Bezos’s phone, the “why” has become increasingly important.
Time does not add up
If the Saudi prince hoped to blackmail Bezos or change the way the Washington Post reported, does it make sense to publish harmful personal information posing as someone else? The National Enquirer states that the personal exchanges between Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sánchez come from his unhappy brother.
But his brother tells another story. While admitting to having worked with the National Enquirer, Michael Sánchez says that he did not provide the publication with the texts and photographs in question.
Enter Donald Trump
It is true that there is no concrete evidence linking President Trump with the piracy of Jeff Bezos, but he is a common thread that links each of the participants. Trump close to the then owner of National Enquirer, David Pecker. The two have been accused of working together to skew media coverage in favor of Trump in the past.
In addition, there is Donald Trump’s friendly relationship with these officials, a fact that has been vehemently criticized following Khashoggi’s murder. New concerns that the Saudi prince has been spying on the White House through Jared Kushner’s phone reveal that the president “forced [Salman’s] security clearance through “.
Finally, there is his ongoing conflict with the Washington Post and its owner. It was rumored that Trump’s fight with Bezos had interrupted a possible agreement between Amazon and the Department of Defense. If you subscribe to that theory, is it so difficult to imagine Trump asking the Saudi prince to dig up Bezos?
Abuse of power
With Trump currently on trial for abusing his power for his own personal gain, the fact that he has been fighting with Jeff Bezos and the Washington Post for years cannot be overlooked. Saudi Arabia’s bold Twitter post calling for an investigation into claims that Prince Salman is behind the piracy attack is revealing. The fact that the White House is willing to go deeper into the matter probably depends on the president’s participation.
In the future, monitor Trump’s response and Washington’s willingness to investigate cyber surveillance in Saudi Arabia. While there is no evidence linking Donald Trump with the terrible experience at this time, I would say that there is a good chance that there is if the investigation goes further.
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This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.
Last modified: January 22, 2020 4:49 PM UTC