Jeff Bezos’ security consultant says Saudi government hacked Amazon CEO’s phone

Jeff Bezos’ security consultant says Saudi government hacked Amazon CEO’s phone

9:17am, 31st March, 2019
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) The Saudi government hacked into Jeff Bezos’ phone and accessed private information, according to new details shared by the Amazon CEO’s security consultant. Gavin de Becker, the man Bezos assigned to investigate how The National Enquirer obtained private text messages sent between him and his alleged mistress Lauren Sanchez, published an opinion piece in Saturday that marks the latest chapter in this ongoing saga. The Enquirer published the text messages two days after Bezos announced in January that he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, after 25 years of marriage. On Feb. 7, Bezos published a stunning in which the Amazon founder accused the Enquirer and its owner American Media Inc. of extortion. He said AMI had threatened to publish a number of explicit photos of Bezos if he didn’t call off the private investigation led by de Becker and say publicly that AMI’s coverage was not politically motivated. In today’s post, de Becker reveals that “our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information. As of today, it is unclear to what degree, if any, AMI was aware of the details.” The Daily Beast that the Saudis were targeting Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. This past October, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was . “Some Americans will be surprised to learn that the Saudi government has been very intent on harming Jeff Bezos since last October, when the Post began its relentless coverage of Khashoggi’s murder,” de Becker wrote in his post. De Becker also called out the “well-documented and close relationship” between Saudi Arabia and AMI chairman David Pecker. His investigation is now in the hands of federal officials. Meanwhile, Michael Sanchez, the brother of Lauren Sanchez, who has been accused of sending private messages to the Enquirer, did an interview with that also published on Saturday. We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this post if we hear back.
Bezos’ security consultant says Saudi government hacked Amazon CEO’s phone

Bezos’ security consultant says Saudi government hacked Amazon CEO’s phone

12:00am, 31st March, 2019
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) The Saudi government hacked into Jeff Bezos’ phone and accessed private information, according to new details shared by the Amazon CEO’s security consultant. Gavin de Becker, the man Bezos assigned to investigate how The National Enquirer obtained private text messages sent between him and his alleged mistress Lauren Sanchez, published an opinion piece in Saturday that marks the latest chapter in this ongoing saga. The Enquirer published the text messages two days after Bezos announced in January that he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, after 25 years of marriage. On Feb. 7, Bezos published a stunning in which the Amazon founder accused the Enquirer and its owner American Media Inc. of extortion. He said AMI had threatened to publish a number of explicit photos of Bezos if he didn’t call off the private investigation led by de Becker and say publicly that AMI’s coverage was not politically motivated. In today’s post, de Becker reveals that “our investigators and several experts concluded with high confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information. As of today, it is unclear to what degree, if any, AMI was aware of the details.” The Daily Beast about how the Saudis were targeting Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post. This past October, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was . “Some Americans will be surprised to learn that the Saudi government has been very intent on harming Jeff Bezos since last October, when the Post began its relentless coverage of Khashoggi’s murder,” de Becker wrote in his post. de Becker also called out the “well-documented and close relationship” between Saudi Arabia and AMI chairman David Pecker. His investigation is now in the hands of federal officials. Meanwhile, Michael Sanchez, the brother of Lauren Sanchez who has been accused of sending private messages to the Enquirer, did an interview with that also published on Saturday. We’ve reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this post if we hear back.
The new Microsoft: ‘Making the PC the perfect second screen to your phone’

The new Microsoft: ‘Making the PC the perfect second screen to your phone’

1:45pm, 8th May, 2018
Shilpa Ranganathan, general manager of Windows Mobility Experience for Microsoft, shows off the new Your Phone app. (Microsoft Photo) How times have changed at Microsoft. For much of its history, the PC and Windows have been the central focus for Microsoft, but that era continues to fade into the rear-view as Microsoft’s new focus on “multi-device experiences” takes center stage. At the second day of its Build developer conference, much of the talk centered around breaking down the walls between phones and PCs and unifying the Windows experience between PCs and smartphones on competing operating systems. Microsoft executives and managers introduced new apps and features as well as updates to existing offerings with an overall goal of “making the PC the perfect second screen to your phone,” in the words of Shilpa Ranganathan, general manager of Windows Mobility Experience for Microsoft. She also noted that the company also wants to make the phone the second screen to the PC. As part of this push, Microsoft announced a that gives Windows 10 PCs a direct connection to iPhones and Android devices. The app includes the ability to pull text messages off the phone and answer them from a PC, and drag and drop in smartphone photos. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows 10 at Microsoft. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) In the , Microsoft released Timeline, a long-anticipated feature that lets Windows 10 users quickly find documents or sites from their history, across devices, and pick up where they left off. The Microsoft Launcher app for Android added support for Timeline this week, and iOS users can get it through Microsoft’s Edge browser. These moves, plus further emphasis on Launcher through new enterprise features, show how serious Microsoft is about this cross-device strategy. The company first took the lid off the plan at last year’s Build conference, announcing a host of features and apps aimed at making user experiences on Android and iOS devices better if users are also running a Windows machine. The approach reflects Microsoft’s new reality in a rapidly changing technology world where it has been left without a competitive mobile operating system. It also indicates the company’s new direction under CEO Satya Nadella — increasingly embracing competing platforms that would have been viewed as archrivals in the past. That was on display once again yesterday, when the company debuted the between its digital assistant Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa. It doesn’t look like Microsoft’s strategy of intertwining PCs and smartphones is going anywhere, so expect more integrations and apps like these in the future. “None of us can live without our phones,” Ranganthan said, “and neither should your PC.”