Amazon chief (and Washington Post owner) Jeff Bezos is reported to have had his phone hacked in May of 2018 by Saudi operators. The Guardian reports that Mr. Bezos's phone was compromised after contact with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The hacking took place some five months before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government and an occasional contributor to the Post. The Crown Prince is widely suspected of involvement with the killing. The Wall Street Journal reports that the UN's special rapporteurs on extrajudicial killings and freedom of expression this morning recommended further investigation.
Brazilian federal prosecutors on Tuesday unsealed charges against Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of the Intercept and best known for publishing Edward Snowden's leaks. The New York Times reports that Mr. Greenwald's role in publishing cell phone messages that embarrassed prosecutors and an anti-corruption task force is at issue. Prosecutors say that he played a “clear role in facilitating the commission of a crime” by being in contact with people who obtained the messages and recommending that they cover their tracks. Greenwald himself brackets his case with Julian Assange's, and claims both indictments represent an attack on journalism. Few others see it this way: Mr. Assange is generally regarded as having worked actively to facilitate hacking, whereas Greenwald merely advised sources on how to remain anonymous.
Concerns about US-Iranian conflict in cyberspace persist, as NPR notes, but so far the kittens haven't been yowling or the eagles screaming, at least not publicly.