Here Is the Technical Report Suggesting Saudi Arabia’s Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos’ Phone (Jan 22, 2020)
A report released out by the advisory firm FTI Consulting have detailed the compromise of Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos’s phone. Researchers found a suspicious video file that once executed starting to wrongfully exfiltrating data from Bezos’s phone. The video file was sent from the WhatsApp account of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Investigators at the FTI Consulting have evaluated that Jeff Bezos’s phone was compromised due to tools acquired by close friend of MBS and president and chairman of the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity. As well as large exfiltration of data, several photos were sent from the account of MBS in November 2018 of several women including Lauren Sanchez, the woman that Jeff Bezos was having an affair with at that moment in time.
Recommendation: Always keep your mobile phone fully patched with the latest security updates. Use the Google Play Store / Apple App Store to obtain your software, and avoid downloading applications, even if they appear legitimate, from third-party stores. In addition, it is important to review the permission the application will request and comments from others who have downloaded the application. Furthermore, it is paramount that mobile devices be kept up-to-date with the latest security patches and employ trusted antivirus software and avoid following suspicious links in SMS.
Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) associated with this story can be viewed by ThreatStream users here to identify potential malicious activity.