Jan 23, 2020

Podcast: The hack heard round the world

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MBS' alleged Bezos phone hack touches the highest levels of American power

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photos: Anadolu Agency/Getty Contributor, Michael Kovac/Getty Contributor

If it weren't for impeachment, the country's biggest story would be allegations that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' phone.

Why it matters: This would be the nominal leader of an American ally spying on the head of one of America's largest companies, who doubles as the owner of one of America's most influential media outlets.

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The Bezos hack's shockwaves

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

If Jeff Bezos' phone can be hacked, anyone's can.

Driving the news: Reports emerged this week alleging that Jeff Bezos's iPhone was compromised in 2018 after the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner received a video file in a WhatsApp message sent by Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salam (MBS). The news sent tremors through Washington and Silicon Valley.

Go deeperArrowJan 24, 2020

MBS's sovereign wealth fund could buy Newcastle United

Newcastle players during a training session. Photo: Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images

An investment fund controlled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in talks to buy U.K. Premier League soccer team Newcastle United F.C. for around $445 million.

Why it matters: MBS has been working to diversify Saudi Arabia's investments, with a focus on sports and entertainment. The sale could give Newcastle a fresh infusion of cash for fresh talent and renovated facilities, the Wall Street Journal writes.

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