The United Nations is set to support a claim that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone hacked by Saudi Arabia.
According to a report in The Guardian, the world’s richest man received a WhatsApp message in 2018 that contained a malicious file, said to be from the personal account of the Saudi Arabian leader Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia has called the claim “absurd”, saying: “We call for an investigation on these claims so that we can have all the facts out.”
UN officials are now set to reveal that it has found credible evidence to support claims of Saudi involvement in a forensic report commissioned by the Amazon chief.
The report, which was carried out by FTI Consulting, found that large amounts of data began leaving Mr Bezos’ mobile phone a month after he received the file, said to be a video, according to The Guardian.
Experts working with the UN said that while the billionaire’s case is not airtight, the evidence presented was strong enough to prompt a wider investigation.