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Everything we know about the Jeff Bezos phone hack
In May of 2018, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos received an unexpected text on WhatsApp from Saudi Arabian leader Mohammed bin Salman: a video that reportedly extolled Saudi Arabia’s economy. But what Bezos didn’t know was that the video file was loaded with malware. According to the UN’s findings, the Saudi regime began exfiltrating large amounts of data from the phone within hours of sending the tainted MP4 file. The attack raises questions about others who communicate with the crown prince—like President Donald Trump, who is known for using personal, consumer-grade smartphones.
Could China’s new coronavirus become a global epidemic?
A month ago, a few dozen people fell sick with a mysterious cluster of respiratory illnesses in Wuhan, China. Now it’s killed nine, sickened hundreds more, and spread to five other countries including the US. The first US case was a Washington man who had recently traveled to Wuhan but says he didn’t visit the seafood market believed to be at the center of the outbreak—adding to the evidence that the virus can spread from person to person.
Fast Fact: Up to 15 Million
That’s how many Americans are estimated to use the drug known as kratom, which they take for everything from quitting opioids to replacing morning coffee. But experts are divided on the safety of the drug.
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