Bulletin
Investor Alert

New York Markets Open in:

The Wall Street Journal Archives | Email alerts

Jan. 22, 2020, 5:26 a.m. EST

Bezos phone was hacked after Saudi crown prince sent video, U.N. report is expected to say

new
Watchlist Relevance
LEARN MORE

Want to see how this story relates to your watchlist?

Just add items to create a watchlist now:

  • X
    Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)

or Cancel Already have a watchlist? Log In

By Dustin Volz


Getty Images
Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, also owns the Washington Post.

WASHINGTON — Cybersecurity experts hired by Amazon.com Inc. /zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite AMZN -1.82% founder Jeff Bezos have alleged that his phone was probably hacked in 2018 by a WhatsApp account associated with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to a person familiar with the matter.

A forensic audit of Bezos’s phone by FTI Consulting, a business advisory group based in Washington, found with “medium to high confidence” that the device began leaking data shortly after being sent a video file from the WhatsApp account linked to Prince Mohammed, the person said, as part of an operation that siphoned information for months.

Some officials at the United Nations have viewed the report by FTI Consulting and are expected to publicly announce some of the findings as soon as Wednesday, the person said.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday denied the allegations. “Recent media reports that suggest the Kingdom is behind a hacking of Mr. Jeff Bezos’ phone are absurd,” the Saudi embassy in the U.S. said on Twitter. “We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out.”

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

Trending on WSJ.com:

West-coast transplants pose dilemma for small Idaho town

First U.S. case reported of deadly China virus

/zigman2/quotes/210331248/composite
US : U.S.: Nasdaq
$ 1,972.74
-36.55 -1.82%
Volume: 6.22M
Feb. 25, 2020 4:00p
P/E Ratio
85.71
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
$982.05 billion
Rev. per Employee
$359,671
loading...

This Story has 0 Comments
Be the first to comment
More News In
Industries

Story Conversation

Commenting FAQs »
Link to MarketWatch's Slice.