An iPhone belonging to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos likely was hacked by Saudi Arabian prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) or operatives working on his behalf, a technical report indicated.
Forensics on the phone showed it “was compromised via tools procured by Saud al Qahtani,” a close confidant of the prince, Motherboard cited a report by FTI Consulting as finding. Researchers also said the phone had not been infected with malware but did contain a suspicious file, whose download from a WhatsApp message preceded the months-long exfiltration of a large volume of data.
Hours after the encrypted downloader was received, “a massive and unauthorized exfiltration of data from Bezos’ phone began, continuing and escalating for months thereafter,” the report said, noting that the daily exfiltration of data on the phone ticked up from 430KB to 126MB after the video, which appeared to be a promotional video in Arabic about telecommunications.
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