The statement comes after the Guardian reported on Tuesday that Bezos, who is CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man, appeared to have 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.
The mysterious file was sent when crown prince Salman and Bezos were having a friendly WhatsApp conversation, and it's "highly probable" that it exploited an undisclosed zero-day vulnerability in WhatsApp to install malware on Bezos's phone.
According to the Times, which reviewed the FTI Consulting report, dozens of gigabytes of data were extracted, "compared to the few hundred kilobytes daily average in the months before the video file was sent".
According to Bloomberg, these suspicions were premised on the fact that Bezos owns the Washington Post, which has written critical stories about U.S. president Donald Trump. After the divorce was finalised, Bezos, in a blog post, accused National Enquirer - a USA tabloid - of threatening to publish embarrassing text messages and photos unless he publicly affirmed that there was no political motivation or outside force behind the tabloid's coverage.
Digital forensic started examining Bezos' phone after the National Enquirer report.
The questions about who has had access to Bezos' phone erupted a year ago, after The National Enquirer reported that the tech executive was romantically involved with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor.
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The forensic analysis cited by the United Nations experts showed that the Crown Prince, Saudi Arabia's de factor ruler, sent WhatsApp messages to Bezos in November 2018 and February 2019 in which he revealed information about Bezos's personal life that was not available from public sources. Callamard, a specialist in extrajudicial killings, has been investigating Khashoggi's murder, and David Kaye, an expert in human rights law, has been gathering information about violations of freedom of the press.
The Saudi embassy in the USA called the allegations "absurd".
The Amazon chief declined to halt the investigation, instead publishing copies of emails from AMI.
Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, left, and Hatice Cengiz, right, the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, talk after unveiling a plaque, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, following a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of his death, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019.
Khashoggi was killed five months after the Bezos phone hack, which reportedly stole huge amounts of data from the phone within hours and stayed active for months. The photos, Bezos suggested, had perhaps been illicitly obtained by the tabloid's publisher in cohort with the Saudi Arabian government.
The gruesome murder of Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, has roiled U.S-Saudi relations in recent years and led to global outrage. But Bezos's investigation concluded with "high confidence" that Saudi Arabia had hacked Bezos' phone and collected "private information" about him.