back to article Mobile spyware fan Saudi Crown Prince accused by US intel of Khashoggi death

The murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, which is said to be have been aided by digital surveillance, was ordered by the head of the Saudi Arabian government, US intelligence has publicly asserted. Khashoggi, a critic of the ruling Saudi Arabian royal family, was ambushed and assassinated in 2018 when he …

  1. IGotOut Silver badge

    Saudi Arabia.

    You murdered this man!

    By the way, do you want to buy some more weapons?

    1. FlamingDeath Silver badge

      Re: Saudi Arabia.

      In exchange for some of that apocalyptic strategic resource, aka, go go juice, soon to be replaced with BRAWNDO The Thirst Mutilator, in the near future

      The world is run by a bunch of old cunts

      How do you feel about this shit show?

      1. MacroRodent Silver badge

        Re: Saudi Arabia.

        I think you are wrong about the gender of the people running the world.

        1. Bronze badge

          Re: Saudi Arabia.

          A bunch of old cunts are a bunch of old cunts. We all know who they are, so I'm not sure what your point is. Anyway, if you want to talk about the other kind, here's an article for you.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I can't help thinking that there is probably a bit more to the Khashoggi story than is being publicly discussed. The bit about collecting paperwork for his wedding doesn't sound quite true. I wonder if he was really expecting to collect some classified information from a source within the embassy. Or if he was on a mission for some intelligence agency.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      So basically you're looking to slander the murdered by claiming they're a double agent or some such.

      I think there's quite enough corruption to go around without delving into outright fantasy

      1. Bronze badge

        ...Well, he was a renowned journalist. I don't think him digging up juicy secrets about the government when he was outwardly critical of it is out of the question. I also don't think it's immediate slander to consider it.

        And, were that really the case, wouldn't it make it even more serious with the political leader having him assassinated?

        Not saying any of this is true mind you. Just taking the other position.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I can't help thinking you're here to spread misinformation and bullshit.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Tell me, tell me, tell me

      Oh, who wrote the Book Of Love?

      I've got to know the answer

      Was it someone from above?

    4. gerdesj Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      "I can't help thinking ..."

      You stopped before the "you'll be amazed at what happened next" bit.

      1. Bronze badge

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        Click Here To Find Out

  3. Flywheel Silver badge

    ... And ?

    ordered by the head of the Saudi Arabian government, US intelligence has publicly asserted

    Well, this is about as good as it gets.

    Nothing to see here. Move right along.


  4. Potemkine! Silver badge

    Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, aka Mr. Bone Saw made already sentence to death 5 people for that killing. Isn't that a proof he's a nice guy?

    1. Gary Stewart

      Re: Mobile spyware

      Last I heard those sentences were commuted to 20 years in prison. It's nice to have friends in high places.

    2. DS999

      And there's no way to know whether the people he sentenced were the ones who actually did it, or that the person serving the sentence is the one named in the conviction/sentence.

      Would be a convenient way of ridding himself of five innocent people, and no one would dare speak up lest they see the same fate!

  5. MrReynolds2U

    Just one point... who the f*&k is still writing code that allows an SQL injection attack in 2021?

    It's such a basic thing to guard against that there must be a multitude of other serious errors in their code base.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Isn't a better question "who hasn't removed all the possible SQL injections from their legacy code bases?". And the answer to that would be "a great many organizations".

      Modifying existing applications is expensive and dangerous. It's not easy to persuade an organization to commit to that based on a risk they have trouble assessing.

      I'm not saying they shouldn't; IT security is part of my job, after all. I'm just pointing out that the economics make it difficult.

      1. Bronze badge

        There's also the possibility of the attack vector being in a dependent library and not the main codebase. Yes, let's increase complexity by fixing all the bugs and security posture in all the libraries we ingress.

        Would it be totally cool to do so? Absolutely. Is it financially and operationally viable? Hell no, not unless you're Google.

        1. MrReynolds2U

          I tend to agree with you about the dependent library part.

          Gab was only formed in 2016, so should have been built without the errors of the past, but as we all know, the general trend is re-use rather than innovate. I understand why: you're not spending resources re-writing what has already been written by others. However, with that, you need to fully test dependencies just like you test your own code. Like in many cases, that seems to not have happened.

  6. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    OWASP Top 10

    #1 in the 2020 list is...

    Injection flaws.

    As a developer myself, I derive no pleasure in saying that Developers are dropping the ball here. Unless of course in certain cases where a programmer is mealy tasked with implementing according to the desired design of a higher authority, and has no say in the matter.

    1. Bronze badge

      Re: OWASP Top 10

      The people on that list are not 10x developers. I know, as I am a 10x developer.

      Now if you will please excuse me, I have 10 tiny commits to make. Remember, it's about 10x the quantity!

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