Spyware sent to Jeff Bezos on WhatsApp
Date of report
  • January 2020
  • Government of Saudi Arabia
An account belonging to Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent Jeff Bezos spyware masquerading as a video over WhatsApp, which allowed Saudi Arabia to surveil Bezos’ phone from May 2018 until February 2019. The attack could have been related to Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post, whose columnist Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly killed on bin Salman’s orders.
Suspected victims
  • Jeff Bezos
Suspected state sponsor
  • Unknown
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Private sector
  • Civil society