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UN calls for investigation into Saudi crown prince over reports of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone (AMZN)

UN calls for investigation into Saudi crown prince over reports of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone (AMZN)
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UN investigators have called for an "immediate investigation by US and other relevant authorities" into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's alleged role in hacking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone.




The call for an investigation follows a report from the UN that indicates Mohammed sent Bezos a malicious file via WhatsApp in order to steal private information from his phone.




The crown prince already faces UN scrutiny for reportedly ordering the killing of a dissident and orchestrating online misinformation campaigns to quash dissent.




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UN experts called for a full-fledged investigation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday, citing a report that indicates the crown prince's involvement in hacking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' personal phone.
The report, published in full Wednesday morning, indicates that Crown Prince Mohammed sent Bezos a series of seemingly friendly messages on WhatsApp before sending a malicious file that, when opened, began stealing private information from Bezos' phone.
According to the UN experts who wrote the report, the crown prince was likely targeting Bezos because he owns The Washington Post, which ran stories critical of the Saudi government, including those by Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident and columnist who was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by Saudi operatives.
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