Wednesday, January 22, 2020

WhatsNot

A little lesson on what not to add to your phone.

The Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos had his mobile phone “hacked” in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message that had apparently been sent from the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, sources have told the Guardian.

The encrypted message from the number used by Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have included a malicious file that infiltrated the phone of the world’s richest man, according to the results of a digital forensic analysis.

This analysis found it “highly probable” that the intrusion into the phone was triggered by an infected video file sent from the account of the Saudi heir to Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post.

Here’s an idea: Don’t add WhatsApp to your phone.  The app is notoriously insecure, and besides, it’s very popular with people in the Trump White House, including Jared Kushner.  That right there should tell you not to use it.