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A New York Times reporter who covers Saudi Arabia was targeted by the same spyware used to hack Jeff Bezos, according to a new report

A New York Times reporter who covers Saudi Arabia was targeted by the same spyware used to hack Jeff Bezos, according to a new report
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A New York Times reporter who covers Saudi Arabia said he received an Arabic text message with a link to a suspicious website.




Security experts determined that the hacking attempt was connected to Saudi Arabia, according to The New York Times.




The attempted hack is similar to the one that affected Jeff Bezos that forensic investigators determined likely originated from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The UN has called for an investigation.




The Saudi government has a well-documented history of retaliating against journalists who cover it critically, such as Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was killed by Saudi agents in 2018.




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A New York Times journalist said he has reason to believe he was targeted by Saudi Arabia in a new report published Tuesday.
Ben Hubbard, The Times' Beirut bureau chief who has covered Saudi Arabia, received a suspicious text message in June 2018 that included a message in Arabic and a link to "arabnews365.com," according to the report. After vetting the message with security experts, Hubbard determined that the link contained spyware and likely originated from Saudi Arabia.
Hubbard received the fishy text message a month after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reportedly received a WhatsApp message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that installed malicious spyware on his phone. UN experts said this month that they believed Crown Prince Mohammed was likely responsible for hacking Bezos and called for an investigation into the hack.
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