January 22, 2020

UN calls for investigation into alleged Saudi crown prince involvement in Bezos phone hack

Dana Mathewson

Dear Readers, I am well aware, as are you, that international cybercrime is on the rise these days, and that nobody is safe from it. But somehow, the mental picture of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman sitting around on a pile of cushions hacking into other peoples' cell phones just slams me on my funny bone. If the Crown Prince were some spoiled teen-ager who had no goal in life other than causing mischief, well, OK. And yes, the Saudis may not be model citizens, though they are certainly a few cuts about, say, the Iranians.

And if you forced me at gunpoint to say it, I'd have to admit that Jeff Bezos isn't on my list of guys I send gift baskets to at Christmastime either.

I can't copy-and-paste from this CNBC article, so I hope you'll go here https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/22/bezos-phone-hacking-un-calls-for-immediate-investigation.html to read the whole thing. I believe the subject matter is really important even though I began with levity.

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1 I have to disagree with you. I think the whole topic is utter bull feathers, and any print devoted to it is an utter waste of ink and paper. That the American people consider such utter trivia to be important and worthy of discussion reveals just how low the collective intelligence of this nation has sunk. Do we really think that democracy can survive a voting public that has the mentality of ten year olds?

Posted by: Bill H at January 23, 2020 12:13 AM (vMiSr)

2 You don't think it happened, Bill? Or you don't think it's important if it happened? Or you don't think it's important that Bezos got hacked? Or you don't think Bezos got hacked? Your comment is unclear and therefore useless.

One can't go a week without reading or hearing that some company has suffered a data breach that's resulted in a gazillion peoples' e-mail and financial records being exposed.

Cybercrime is a Big Deal. If, in fact, the Saudis did hack Bezos, they might have been trying to make the point that too many "captains of industry" are way too blase' about the problem. Are you saying that is trivial?

You usually explain yourself much better than you did here!

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at January 23, 2020 11:01 AM (3sQSm)

3 Tapping a phone is child's play. It is a trivial skill. If it was done to Jeff Bozos, so what? He should be immune because he is rich?  How is the nation, or any regular citizen in the nation harmed or in any way affected if Jeff Bezos got his phone tapped? It is a trivial event of no importance whatever, unless you want to believe that "our vital national security was endangered" by the event.

Posted by: Bill H at January 23, 2020 01:22 PM (vMiSr)

4 The government is tapping our phones every day. If you say anything on a cell phone or landline that you do not want the government to hear you have the IQ of a house plant.

Posted by: Bill H at January 23, 2020 01:24 PM (vMiSr)

5 I'm saying cybercrime is a threat of great importance today. Anything that raises peoples' awareness about it is good. 

So tapping peoples' phones is child's play, eh? OK, guys, tap my phone. Go ahead, I dare you. Or do you have to be in the same room?

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at January 24, 2020 03:43 PM (LVmqo)

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