Is it possible that the wealthiest person on the earth can be tricked like many others? Lately, a piece of news has hit the headlines that Amazon chief Jeff Bezos probably had been targeted earlier by the intelligence operation of Saudi Arabia.
It is learned that the iPhone X mobile device of Bezos was compromised after a spyware video file was sent through WhatsApp. The video cover featured the flags of Saudi Arabia and Sweden separately in two halves. It is further claimed that a message was sent from the WhatsApp account of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The incident is dated back to May 1, 2018. Forensic analysts confirm the Bezos phone was infected and attackers had access to it until the first few months of 2019.
In February 2019, a tabloid based in the United States published some intimate photos and messages claiming the content has been obtained from the phone of Amazon's boss. It was not confirmed what specific data was stolen, but the private investigator said the Saudis were able to gain access to his phone during the period.
Meanwhile, Saudi officials have denied their involvement in the hack stating they never conduct such illicit activities.
However, it is not the first time that Saudi Arabia has been accused of such attacks that contain spyware. It has been reported a couple of times before that the country has gained the technology of spying named Pegasus from the NSO Group in Israel and used it to collect information on individuals.
NSO has come forward to play safe for the Saudis saying the technology has never been used against the Amazon chief and they are aware of the fact that the technology cannot be used in phone numbers of the US.
According to the researchers of Citizen Lab, the NSO use the trick of social engineering to enable users to click on links.