Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has yet to say who was behind the mobile phone hacked. Pegasus spyware created by Israel’s NSO group is being blamed for the hacking of its mobile phone.
However, the company denied the allegations. Facebook is not taking responsibility for the incident from WhatsApp. The Apple company is not talking about that issue. So what’s the secret hidden around Bezos iPhone hack?
Bezos received a message on WhatsApp from the personal account of Saudi King Mohammed bin Salman in 2018. Shortly afterward his phone was hacked.
“Digital forensic analysis revealed that a malicious file was associated with the message from bin Salman’s personal number. After opening the file, malware infiltrated Bezos’s phone.”
After the phone was hacked, Bezos assigned security firm FTI Consulting to investigate. The investigation found Bezos’s phone was hacked using Pegasus-3 malware created by Israel’s NSO group.
The NSO group said that their technology was not used in the case of Bezos’s phone hacking. An NSO group veteran said they were aware of their software’s activities and that their technology could not be used in any US phone number.
A statement from the NSO has already been issued denying the allegations. They say, “Their technology is only used to investigate terrorism and serious crimes. Involving the NSO in such allegations is defamatory and the NSO will walk the legal path.”
According to the report, Pegasus-3 spyware was purchased by NSO on November 27 by the Saudi Royal Guard.
According to the FTI report, Bezos and Yuvraj exchanged phone numbers. WhatsApp contacted each other after dinner together in April 2018. After receiving a message from Mohammed bin Salman, the phone was hacked.
People in the cyber world use specialized software to monitor WhatsApp. One such software is called Pegasus. WhatsApp can be monitored using software created by the NSO group in Israel. Over two dozen academics, lawyers, journalists, and politicians have been monitored using Pegasus software in the last Lok Sabha elections in India. WhatsApp authorities have confirmed the matter.
A recent study by Citizens Lab at the University of Toronto, Canada, showed that Pegasus was being monitored in 45 countries for two years with spyware. The list includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, and Switzerland.
For a long time, there have been discussions between Apple and Facebook on various issues including privacy, advertising business. In the case of Bezos’s phone hacking, it is getting a different dimension.
The malicious MP4 video file was sent to WhatsApp on May 7th from Salman’s account. Within hours, a large amount of information was stolen from Bezos’s phone.
Saudi Arabia’s embassy said in a tweet, “Recently, the media reported that Saudi Arabia was behind the hack of Jeff Bezos’ cellphone.” This news is completely fabricated.”
Mohammed bin Salman said, “Jeff what you have heard or been told is not true. Do you know the truth?, nothing has been done by me or Saudi Arabia against you or Amazon.”