Prince Mohammed Bin Salman affected by iPhone piracy complaint

This is not trivial: if we are to believe Bloomberg, Al Jazeera journalist Ghada Oueiss has just filed a complaint against the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman Bin Abdulaziz (better known as MBS) and against Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan from the United Arab Emirates.

The journalist accuses the two princes of having recruited American citizens from Florida to hack his personal iPhone. This maneuver would be in response to the broadcast of Al Jazeera to compromise information about human rights violations committed in the two kingdoms. This complaint is added to the now long list of the Crown Prince’s casseroles. Indeed, in recent years the infamous Khashoggi affair, as well as several alarming reports from human rights groups, have largely undermined MBS’s modernist stance. It is also recalled that Mohammad Bin Salman visited Apple Park in 2018 and met Tim Cook as well as several Apple SVPs.

At the same time, the attacks were also reportedly targeting the iPhones of dozens of other Al Jazeera journalists. At the relevant point in time, the hackers took advantage of a zero-day bug in iMessage (bug has since been corrected).

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