Did the Saudi Crown Prince really hack Jeff Bezos's phone?

Episode 297 of the Cyberlaw Podcast

|The Volokh Conspiracy |

This episode features an interview on the Bezos phone hacking flap with David Kaye and Alex Stamos. David is the UN Special Rapporteur and clinical professor of law at UC Irvine who first drew attention to an FTI Consulting report concluding that the Saudis did hack Bezos' phone. Alex is director of the Stanford Internet Observatory and was the CSO at Facebook; he thinks the technical case against the Saudis needs work, and he calls for a supplemental forensic review of the phone.

In the news, Nate Jones unpacks the US-China "phase one" trade deal and what it means for the tech divide.

Nick Weaver and I agree that the King County (Seattle) Conservation District's notion of saving postage by having everyone vote by phone is nuts. Nick in particular reacts as you'd expect him to. Although, frankly, if anyone deserves to have Putin choose their local government, it's Seattle. He could hardly do a worse job than Seattle voters have.

Nate talks about the profound hit the credibility of the FISA process has taken as a result of the Justice Department admitting that two of four Carter Page warrants were invalid. Among other things, it opens FISA to a kitchen sink full of crazy  proposals for handcuffing national security wiretaps. Like this one from Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Steve Daines (who should know better).

Brazil has charged Glenn Greenwald with "cybercrimes" on evidence that would be thin at best in the US, Nate argues. Nick agrees and is only sad that the Bolsonaro government has put him in the position of defending the unspeakably unpleasant Greenwald.

Google is redesigning its search results again, blurring even further the line between ads and organic results. Living up to its new motto ("Don't be caught being evil"), Google announces that it's just testing its design, and everyone should chill. Nick and I are skeptical that A/B testing will tell Google anything other than which redesign fools consumers most effectively and thus makes more protection money for Google.

And speaking of protection money, this episode was not brought to you by Avast, the company that probably would have paid the most not to be mentioned on the podcast this week. Because they've been caught getting largely uninformed consent to the monitoring of their customers' Web activities – right down to their porn preferences.

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  1. “Although, frankly, if anyone deserves to have Putin choose their local government, it’s Seattle.”

    Resenting their betters and getting crushed in the culture war has made at least a few Conspirators quite cranky.

    If that’s how you guys want to spend the time you have left before replacement, be my guest.

  2. “Among other things, it opens FISA to a kitchen sink full of crazy proposals for handcuffing national security wiretaps.”

    If National Security wiretaps are so vital for the security of the country then you would think National Security professionals would have more regard for the institution than to throw it all away for petty partisan political advantage. When Peter Strzok was filling out those FISA applications he was motivated because he thought Hillary should win 100,000,000 and he thought he could smell Trump voters in Walmart. We already know it wasn’t a concern with National Security because he said “there is no there there.”

  3. Bezo was exposed by his then mistresses brother, now wife, from pics she sent said brother. I don’t know what kind of family relationship they have, but I don’t send sex pics to my siblings, or anyone else.

  4. no i think it’s a fake news. and it is totally wrong. also like our tool
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