Jeff Bezos’ phone hacked after Whatsapp chat with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman teaches the following:

It is no longer news that the phone of world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos was hacked in 2018 after he had received a Whatsapp message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In the report published by The Guardian, UK, investigators have confirmed that the message from Crown Prince Mohammed contained a code, which provided access to those persons who eventually collected Mr Bezos personal details without his knowledge.

Below are some eight important take-aways from the story:

  • As long as personal data are stored in mobile phones, users of mobile phones will remain vulnerable to breaches
  • As long as hackers feel the rush, and ‘the high’ their engaging pastime give them, users of mobile phones remain vulnerable
  • Seeing we can no longer practically return to the era before mobile phones, users of mobile phones must come to terms with the clear and present vulnerabilities
  • As long as there are secrets, there will be vulnerabilities. The nature of secrets is such that vulnerabilities are built into the core of their DNA. If there are no secrets, there are no vulnerabilities
  • As long as envy, hate, jealousy and their hangers-on, stay at the heart of most conflicts involving humans, their hosts and those targeted, will remain vulnerable
  • These vulnerabilities are bound to raise the level of restlessness, stress and uncertainties in the world
  • Necessitating a complementary increase in the search for competent, skilled and efficient investigators, whose work will attempt to moderate and minimize these vulnerabilities
  • And a possible resort to as much as can be managed face-to-face communication, instead of an entire reliance on mobile phones for all communication
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  1. Thelma January 24, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Do profound sir. Oh well… The lessons got me wondering where we should keep our personal data to avoid vulnerability?

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