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US News What Jeff Bezos’s Reported Phone Hack Says About Billionaires

11:30  22 january  2020
11:30  22 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Stunning new allegations about the relationship between Jeff Bezos and Mohammad bin Salman hint at just how connected the world' s most powerful people are.

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a man looking at the camera: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos © David Ryder / Getty Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Two of the world’s richest humans, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, were allegedly having a nice chat on WhatsApp in 2018 when the latter sent Bezos an infected file that exfiltrated data from the CEO’s phone. That’s according to a new report in The Guardian, which detailed the exchange according to anonymous sources.

In the shadow of the new report, there is an indication of the murky reality of the network of the uber rich. The Bezos phone data may or may not have sparked the National Enquirer’s look at Bezos’s romantic life. Bezos may or may not have been targeted because he is the owner of the Washington Post, which had run critical editorials by the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was later murdered.

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Jeff Bezos ' phone was hacked in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message from Mohammed bin Salman, according to an explosive new report Saudi Arabia has yet to comment on The Guardian' s report , while an attorney for Bezos declined to comment beyond saying Bezos was cooperating with

Jeff Bezos ’ s mobile phone was hacked after receiving a message from the Saudi Arabian crown prince, the Guardian newspaper reported , citing The Washington Post, which is owned by Bezos , reported last year that the Central Intelligence Agency linked the crown prince to the 2018 murder of

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  What Jeff Bezos’s Reported Phone Hack Says About Billionaires © Getty

There is so much we don’t know about the facts of this case, but the idea that two of the world’s super wealthy would just be chitchatting when one drops a sophisticated hack on the other drew gasps and splutters. It felt like the setup to a joke: So the richest tech CEO in the world and a crown prince were texting one day ...

Nihad Awad, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi, speaks during a memorial service for Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi © Getty Nihad Awad, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi, speaks during a memorial service for Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

But beyond the specific nature of the exchange—neither Bezos nor the Saudi embassy has commented on the allegation—the new uber rich do know each other. These news stories can feel like billionaire Mad Libs, where you fill in an extractive industry, a man’s name, and a scandal type, but it’s the opposite of random. Few people have money at this scale, and the tentacles of that wealth are long. As the alleged Bezos-MBS conflict shows, many of these people are not working together, let alone toward one shadowy goal, as conspiracies tend to assert. But the story, like the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, hints at the reality of the dense connections that exist at the very tippy-top of the economic pyramid.

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Topline: Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 2018, the Guardian reported It is also unclear where the information taken from Bezos ’ s phone went or how it was used, but it undermines previous claims made by the Saudis

The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “ hacked ” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been Large amounts of data were exfiltrated from Bezos ’ s phone within hours, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Guardian has no knowledge

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman © Reuters Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman

Just by chance, the new revelation came at the beginning of Davos, the shorthand for the World Economic Forum’s annual conference in Switzerland. Davos is famous for how it concentrates the globe’s private jets, which disgorge elites to listen to panels and hobnob. Davos is one of a bunch of institutions that serve to weave the wealthy together.  

Soaring global inequality means that the power of the ultra rich is growing. While these calculations are complicated, the different stats all tell a story of the same shape. Globally, the 500 richest people added more than a $1.2 trillion dollars to their wealth just last year. Domestically, the 400 richest Americans have as much wealth as the bottom 150 million people. It’s not that even the top 1 percent of Americans that has been making a killing since the Great Recession. No, it’s really the top 0.01 percent or even tinier percentages. At these levels, we’re not talking about some huge group of rich people—the so-called upper middle class—but a tiny, knowable universe of some thousands of people. The fortunes are huge, but the networks are not.

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Jeff Bezos was allegedly hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or someone operating his WhatsApp account, according to Recall that after the National Enquirer published an exposé in early 2019 detailing Bezos ’ s extramarital affair, the billionaire revealed that the publication

Bezos and the crown prince had previously exchanged a few friendly messages on WhatsApp, according to the report . But within hours of The report of the hacking by the Saudi Kingdom' s crown prince would seem to fill in a lot of the missing pieces to this puzzle of intrigue and deception.

Deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (C), the Minister of Trade and Investment of Saudi Arabia, Majed Bin Abdullah Al Kassabi (L) and founder of the Amazon website Jeff Bezos (3rd L) pose for a photo during his visit in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 9, 2016. © Getty Deputy crown prince of Saudi Arabia and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud (C), the Minister of Trade and Investment of Saudi Arabia, Majed Bin Abdullah Al Kassabi (L) and founder of the Amazon website Jeff Bezos (3rd L) pose for a photo during his visit in in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 9, 2016.

As a result, the ultra wealthy have detached from the rest of the planet. Their lives are not the lives of 99.999 percent of us. The flipside of their estrangement from nearly all of humanity is that they are connected to each other just as the royals of Europe were (and are), but through completely different means.

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Their money ends up entangling seemingly disparate realms of human life. For example, when Jamal Kashoggi was murdered, reportedly on the order of Mohammad bin Salman, it touched off some panic in Silicon Valley. (MbS, as he is known, has taken “full responsibility” but denied giving the order). Saudi capital had been flowing freely through Masayoshi Son’s unprecedentedly large SoftBank Vision Fund, and into technology companies like Uber that were trying to create defensible businesses through money-losing growth. What would happen to that funding? When a small number of people control so much wealth, their decisions can affect the lives of millions, even billions of people.

Bezos Phone Hack Appears Tied to Saudi Crown Prince, U.N. Experts Say

  Bezos Phone Hack Appears Tied to Saudi Crown Prince, U.N. Experts Say BEIRUT, Lebanon — United Nations experts broadened the inquiry into Saudi Arabia’s efforts to squelch criticism on Wednesday, accusing its crown prince of personally hacking the cellphone of Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of The Washington Post, to “influence, if not silence” the newspaper’s critical coverage of the kingdom. BEIRUT, Lebanon — United Nations experts broadened the inquiry into Saudi Arabia’s efforts to squelch criticism on Wednesday, accusing its crown prince of personally hacking the cellphone of Jeff Bezos, the billionaire owner of The Washington Post, to “influence, if not silence” the newspaper’s critical coverage of the kingdom.

Mr. Bezos ’ security consultant, Gavin de Becker, had previously accused the Saudi government of hacking Mr. Bezos ’ phone , saying Saudi authorities targeted Mr. Bezos because he owned The Washington Post. The Post has aggressively reported on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, one of its

Media outlets claim Bezos ' phone was hacked via a message from the Saudi crown prince. Following media reports that Saudi Arabia stole information off Jeff Bezos ' s cellphone, two Sources cited by the UK Guardian newspaper say that billionaire Jeff Bezos was hacked via a video sent to

  What Jeff Bezos’s Reported Phone Hack Says About Billionaires © AP Billionaires are still humans on Earth, of course. Jeff Bezos has been working out, but he is not Batman with his own secret technologies. He uses WhatsApp like 1.5 billion others. In this way, perhaps the new elites are as relatable online—tweeting dumb things, sexting—as they are inconceivably wealthy and powerful offline. You and I could chat on WhatsApp, but we would not have a cyberattack team able to craft us a virus for hacking each other’s phones, nor would our beef contribute to the collapse of certain Silicon Valley business models.

Messaging apps may work the same for everyone, but money works differently. The median American family’s net worth is around $100,000. Bezos’s net worth is around $115 billion. So, one Bezos worth of money is what 1.15 million families have. Plus, his money has different features. A normal person has money tied up in a home, usually, and some retirement accounts, stuff that’s relatively illiquid. A Bezos can send money winging around the globe because he or she has substantial cash and stock that can be sold whenever.

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It’s nice to think of the economy as a place where small businesses can flourish. But it takes a lot of tamales or plumbing services or Uber rides or freelance articles to make even $100,000. While it’s strangely familiar, almost comforting, to think of Jeff Bezos’s fingers tapping at glass, selecting the right gif to send to the crown prince, the lesson is not that the super rich use apps just like us. It’s that they are so different and so deeply connected.

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