back to article Pecker-checker Becker's hacker wrecker: Saudi cyber-crew stole Bezos' sexts from phone, fed them to tabloid – claim

Remember that sordid and strange tale of the National Enquirer publishing Jeff Bezos's sexts sent to his new girlfriend, and then trying to blackmail the billionaire biz baron? Good. Now, the Amazon supremo's chief private investigator Gavin de Becker reckons the Saudi Arabian government hacked into devices to swipe copies of …

  1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

    Time to supervillian

    Anybody that rich and that bald really should own a volcano lair and at least one world destroying weapon.

    Come Mr Bezos, time to supervillian up - it's the American way

    1. Ian Michael Gumby
      WTF?

      @ YAAC Re: Time to supervillian

      I'm sorry, but IIRC, there was a Jaguar commercial that played in the states saying all of the top evil super villains were British?

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: @ YAAC Time to supervillian

        Only the good ones ones

        Blofeld, Lex Luthor, pretty much anybody who comes up against Batman - all foreign chaps

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Time to supervillian

      Who says he doesn't? He's just waiting on his orbital laser satellite platform to be launched, and wall to wall shag carpeting to be installed in the lair.

  2. thames
    Black Helicopters

    Not the only phone hacking associated with Khashoggi murder

    The CBC reported that Jamal Khashoggi was working on a project with an associate living in Canada, Omar Abdulaziz, and the two of them intended to set up a web site to publish information which would be damaging to Saudi Arabia's reputation. Citizen Lab in Toronto detected phone hacking attempts on Abdulaziz's phone and traced them to Saudi intelligence. The Saudis would have obtained detailed information about the plans of Khashoggi and Abdulaziz from this.

    Shortly after the successful phone hack (and before Abdulaziz was aware of it), Khashoggi travelled to Istanbul, where he was murdered.

    Following this, there were two intelligence operations directed against Citizen Lab's personnel, apparently attempting to obtain information with which to discredit them.

    This is all looking very suspicious.

  3. eldakka Silver badge

    "The fact of the matter is, it was Michael Sanchez who tipped the National Enquirer off to the affair on Sept 10, 2018, and over the course of four months provided all of the materials for our investigation.

    I would think that this would be defamatory against Michael Sanchez. And if AMI tried to argue a defence of "truth" (where in american libel law truth is an absolute defence), then they'd have to provide evidence of that truth. If Michael isn't the source, as seems likely, they wouldn't be able to support a truth defence, which could reinforce the "external forces" accusations.

    1. Ian Michael Gumby
      Boffin

      @eldakka

      Yes, if that was the case.

      What is now being argued is that Bezos' spy is now claiming that AMI already had the evidence and then solicited Sanchez to provide the information to them so that they can hide their true source.

      Using Occam's Razor, i doubt that because its simpler to believe that Sanchez cashed in for a mere $200K (USD) and outed Bezos for whatever reason.

      1. phuzz Silver badge

        Re: @eldakka

        What I can't work out is how the brother got hold of the texts in the first place. I can imagine the sister potentially mentioning that she was having an affair with the worlds richest man (you would wouldn't you), but who the hell shares their sex texts with their sibling?

        I might tell my brothers if I'm fucking someone, but I wouldn't let them see my nudes. Equally, I wouldn't leave my phone around unlocked where anyone, family or not, could get into it.

    2. Mike 16 Silver badge

      provide evidence of that truth

      Under oath.

      Or, they could just perjure themselves. It's not like perjury is completely off the table for either side.

      The U.S. is so polarized that if Satan testified to the plans for apocalypse, half the country would believe him while the other half would claim that the whole "prince of lies" things was just a smear. Similarly, if Jesus were to be served a subpoena, he'd be stopped at the border (maybe the one in the third dimension) for being from the Middle East. Or challenged on ID because he doesn't look like his well-known pictures.

      1. FozzyBear
        Devil

        Re: provide evidence of that truth

        The way US media is now, there would be a high chance of them alleging a trump Russia and Satan collusion. Can see the headlines now !

        The unholy trinity (Trump, Satan, Russia)

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    House of Saud

    Built on sand

    1. DavCrav Silver badge

      Re: House of Saud

      "Built on sand chopped-up body parts."

      FTFY.

    2. S4qFBxkFFg

      Re: House of Saud

      If it was only sand, there would be little problem - sometimes I think it would be of long term benefit to the world (including the middle East), if all the oil under the nasty regimes in that region ceased to exist in any economically recoverable form.

      In practical terms, it is causing us to transfer large quantities of money in their direction, while they spend their time on many of the same activities as ISIS were bombed for being fond of doing.

      As an exercise for the reader - how does one most efficiently put an oilfield permanently beyond economic use, without the cooperation of the locals?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: House of Saud

        You cant. Even irradiating the ground would have no effect - too deep. You might put it off limits for a few years, but then its an investment.

        Why so hard on the house of Saud anyway? They were installed and protected by the US & France and UK for a reason.

  5. td0s

    Fact of the matter

    Yes - National Enquirer. Just where I go to get my facts.

    1. Clunking Fist Bronze badge

      Re: Fact of the matter

      Me too. Plus MSNPC and the Clown News Network, of course. That's how I know that Trump is def a Russian agent and has been since 1987 by some measures.

  6. Rainer

    Whatever

    The headline is as classic of an El Reg headline as it can get.

    Chapeau.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Rather charitable

    To call those working for the National Enquirer "journalists"...

    1. Clunking Fist Bronze badge
      Coat

      Re: Rather charitable

      After Bezo sues NI into bankruptcy, you'd better hope your job is secure.Because these guys and gals will be learning to code.

      Mine's covered in memes. Yes: old ones.

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