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Saudi says reports that kingdom was linked to Bezos phone hacking are ‘absurd’

Saudi says reports that kingdom was linked to Bezos phone hacking are ‘absurd’

The kingdom has urged for an investigation into the matter

Saudi Arabia has dismissed media reports that the kingdom is behind the alleged hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone.

Several media outlets had reported that Bezos’s mobile phone was hacked after an exchange he shared on messaging service WhatsApp with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Taking to Twitter, the Saudi embassy in the US called the reports “absurd”.

“We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out,” it added.

The Guardian newspaper reported earlier Tuesday that an analysis had found that the theft of data from Bezos’s phone in 2018 started with an infected video file sent from bin Salman’s personal account. The Financial Times, which confirmed elements of the Guardian’s account of the hack, said the analysis was conducted by global business advisory firm FTI Consulting. A representative of the firm declined to comment, saying: “We do not comment on, confirm or deny client engagements or potential engagements.”

It’s unclear whether the alleged hack of Bezos’s phone accessed any sensitive Amazon corporate information.

The company hasn’t commented on the matter in the nine months since the accusation.

With inputs from Bloomberg

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