UN accuses Saudi Arabia of Amazon CEO phone hack

Investigators said the hack, allegedly by the Saudi Kingdom, was believed to be related to Jeff Bezos’ role as owner of The Washington Post.
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Now to that startling report from the U.N. Accusing Saudi Arabia of hacking Amazon founder Jeff bezos' phone with the help of the crown prince. Pierre Thomas is in Washington with the very latest on all good morning, Pierre. Reporter: Robin, good morning. The allegations are like something out of a movie thriller. A Saudi crown prince accused of spying on a powerful billionaire. The united nations' stunning allegation, accusing the Saudi kingdom of hacking one of the richest men in the world, Amazon founder Jeff bezos. The suspicion that bezos was targeted because he's the owner of "The Washington post." The U.N. Report which included analysis of data collected by a firm hired by bezos as well as other evidence concluded the hack happened back in may of 2018 in an effort to influence and possibly silence "The Washington post's" critical coverage of Saudi Arabia. Much of that tough coverage coming from "The Washington post" columnist Jamal khashoggi who was later brutally assassinated by a Saudi hit Wednesday bezos tweeting this picture of a memorial service for khashoggi. The U.N. Report claims crown prince Mohammed bin Salman allegedly sent bezos a video file on whatsapp seen here in this image obtained by vice news. When opened, the file allegedly allowed hackers to break into bezos' phone and download massive amounts of data. Immediately upon receiving this video file, the phone started behaving in a different -- completely different way. Reporter: Just five months after the hack in October, khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in istanbul. According to the report, the crown prince also allegedly sending bezos another whatsapp message with a picture of a woman closely resembling his then mistress Lauren Sanchez. Months before his salacious affair was revealed to the world. The Saudi foreign minister is dismissing the allegations. It is absolutely silly. Reporter: The U.N. Investigators are calling for the U.S. To look into their explosive claims. Justice department officials are declining to comment on the specific allegations. All right, Pierre, thank you. You know, this morning we are celebrating the career of a

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