One day after news broke that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia might have been personally involved in the hack of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone, a United States senator is asking for more details.
As initially reported yesterday by The Guardian, a forensic analysis of Bezos’ phone identified that spyware was planted on the device after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent out a seemingly harmless video on WhatsApp to the CEO, who also owns The Washington Post The Saudi federal government, and the prince particularly, have been linked to the murder of Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, who was vital of the program.
Bezos’ personal pictures were later dripped to the National Enquirer. In a declaration launched today, a United Nations authorities said the spyware attack was “an effort to influence, if not silence, The Washington Post‘s reporting on Saudi Arabia” and required additional examination. (The Saudi government has denied misdeed.)
Bezos responded to the news this afternoon by tweeting an image of himself going to a memorial event for Khashoggi.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) has now sent a letter to Bezos asking for details on the hack.
” To assist Congress better understand what happened– and to help secure Americans against similar attacks– I encourage you to offer my workplace with information concerning your case,” the letter to Bezos reads.
Wyden asks for more detail on the basis for the belief that the WhatsApp video was the source of the hack, whether the spyware “called house” to any servers, and if “off-the-shelf monitoring software application” was used in the attack.
The senator’s letter asks for an action by February 14 th.