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Saudi Arabia says Jeff Bezos phone hacking allegations are ‘absurd’

Cairo: Saudi Arabia says a media report that the kingdom is behind the hacking of Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos’ phone is “absurd”.

The billionaire’s phone was hacked in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had been sent from the personal account of Saudi’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, a British newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The encrypted message from the number used by the crown prince is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone Bezos had used and extracted large amounts of data within hours, the report said.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said his phone was hacked after opening a WhatsApp message.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said his phone was hacked after opening a WhatsApp message.Credit:Bloomberg

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

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