Security Newsletter
27 January 2020
Saudi Prince Allegedly Hacked World's Richest Man Jeff Bezos Using WhatsApp
The iPhone of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, was reportedly hacked in May 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp message from the personal account of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Guardian newspaper revealed today. Citing unnamed sources familiar with digital forensic analysis of the breach, the newspaper claimed that a massive amount of data was exfiltrated from Bezos's phone within hours after he received a malicious video file from the Saudi prince.
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 of WhatsApp messenger to install malware on Bezos's iPhone. The Guardian said it didn't know what data was extracted from the phone, but the hack happened almost 9 months before an American tabloid newspaper published intimate photos and messages sent by Bezos, disclosing his extramarital affair that leads to a divorce from his wife of 25 years.
At that time, Jeff Bezos pointed out the business relationship between the tabloid newspaper and Saudi Arabia and also hinted that how furious the Saudis were with him for the Washington Post's coverage of the murder of its journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a strong critic of the Kingdom's rulers. Since Bezos also owns the Washington Post and the CIA claimed that Salman ordered Khashoggi's assassination, the relationship between the Amazon chief executive and the Saudi government soured immediately after that. The Saudi Arabia's U.S. Embassy, in a tweet, dismissed the Guardian report by calling it "absurd" and asked for an investigation.
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A timeline of events surrounding the Bezos phone hack
Microsoft Exposed 250M Customer Support Records on Leaky Servers
Microsoft disclosed a security breach caused by a misconfigured internal customer support database that led to the accidental exposure of roughly 250 million customer support and service records, some of them containing personally identifiable information. Microsoft confirmed that due to misconfigured security rules added to the server in question on December 5, 2019, enabled exposure of the data, which remained the same until engineers remediated the configuration on December 31, 2019. Microsoft didn't get into details such as the number of records exposed, the type of database that was left unprotected, or the type of personal information that was left in the open, only that data in the support case analytics database was "redacted using automated tools to remove personal information." While most of the records stored within the heavily-redacted internal customer support database used for support case analytics did not contain personal information, some non-standard PII wasn't anonymized. For instance, email addresses separated with spaces like 'username @' instead of '' were left untouched by Microsoft's automated PII redaction tools.
As a result of the incident, Microsoft says it is taking steps to better lock down its use of cloud-based databases. For example, the company has pledged to improve auditing of its security rules for internal resources as well as to expand the scope of tools it uses to search for any security rule misconfigurations. The company says it will also expand its alerting systems to try and sound red alerts whenever security rule misconfigurations occur.
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