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Have we reached data breach fatigue? | ITProPortal

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Publication Date: 2018-05-10
It’s that time again. RSA Conference is only just over, and with Infosecurity Europe being only a month away, it’s a good time to think about the year (OK, this time it is 11 months) that has passed since the last Infosec and wonder if we have made any real, discernable progress. I would propose that the answer is a firm no and that the situation is exacerbated by growing data breach fatigue. For example, the U.K. alone was hit by 796 cyber attacks in 457 days. It is a classic double whammy...

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologizes to EU Parliament over data breach | BGR India

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Publication Date: 2018-05-23
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday apologised again for the massive Cambridge Analytica data breach, this time in front of the European Parliament (EU) leaders. Zuckerberg stressed that the social networking giant is trying to plug loopholes across its services, including curbing fake news and political interference on its platform in the wake of upcoming elections globally, including in India. “Over the last couple of years, we haven’t done enough to prevent the tools we’ve built from...

Cambridge Analytica closing after Facebook data harvesting scandal | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-05-02
Political consultancy, under fire over use of millions of Facebook users’ data, has begun insolvency proceedings Cambridge Analytica, the data firm at the centre of this year’s Facebook privacy row, is closing and starting insolvency proceedings. The company has been plagued by scandal since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans and at least a million Britons had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica. Cambridge Anal...

Cambridge Analytica chief accused of taking $8m before collapse

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Investors who backed a rebranding of Cambridge Analytica are in a stand-off with former chief executive Alexander Nix after he allegedly withdrew more than $8 million (€7.1 million ) from the scandal-hit data firm shortly before it collapsed. Several people involved in the dispute told the Financial Times the withdrawal came shortly after Mr Nix learned British media was reporting on allegations about his company’s role in a massive leak of Facebook user data in March. Mr Nix did not respond...

Cambridge Analytica parent firm in £1m 'entrapment bribe' as suspended CEO's 'racist emails' are exposed

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
A SCANDAL-hit British tech firm offered a £1million bribe to a politician to entrap him while its boss sent racist emails, it is claimed. Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL Group carried out a “sting” on Caribbean Lindsay Grant — an opponent of one of its clients in 2010, the Times said. PA:Press Association Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, was suspended last night after an undercover expose It paid for a man to pose as an international property developer who offered Grant ...

25% of Businesses Targeted with Cryptojacking in ...

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25% of Businesses Targeted with Cryptojacking in the Cloud New public cloud security report detects a spike in cryptojacking, mismanaged cloud storage, account takeover, and major patches getting overlooked. It seems like only yesterday we learned about the first of many Amazon S3 bucket leaks to expose troves of personal information in 2017. Poor cloud configuration was only one security issue to plague businesses last year; now, they have several to worry about. RedLock's second annual C...

Cloud cryptojacking affecting 25% of organisations

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Publication Date: 2018-05-18
Cloud cryptojacking is rampant, warns RedLock A quarter of all businesses are suffering from cloud “cryptojacking”, according to new research from information security company RedLock this week, with their computing resources being hijacked to mine cryptocurrencies. The cloud security specialists advised businesses to implement a ‘deny all’ default outbound firewall policy and closely monitor network security to stay ahead of suspicious traffic involving cryptomining activity. Chris Doman,...

UK had three contracts with Cambridge Analytica parent company | Reuters

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government had three contracts in the past with Cambridge Analytica’s parent company SCL Group but they ended well before the current issues, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday. The nameplate of political consultancy, Cambridge Analytica, is seen in central London, Britain March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls The contracts with were with the Ministry of Defence between 2014-2015, the Home Office (interior ministry) in 2009 and the F...

Lawsuit targets firm that failed to secure 198 million Americans' data | TheHill

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Publication Date: 2017-06-26
Two Floridians filed a lawsuit last week against Deep Root Analytics, the campaign consultancy that accidentally left information on 198 million Americans accessible online without protecting it with a password. "If companies don't do the bare minimum to protect records, we're in trouble," said Jason Zimmerman, a member of the legal team representing plaintiffs James and Linda McAleer in what they want to turn into a class action suit. Deep Root specializes in using data analytics to determ...

Subpoena for Cambridge Analytica, Brad Parscale sought by Democrats - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2017-12-14
The ranking members of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees want to subpoena two of the data firms hired by President Donald Trump's campaign team for documents related to Russia's election interference. The firms: Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale. Cambridge Analytica and Giles-Parscale have not denied that they had contact with foreign actors during the campaign, the Democrats wrote, but they have failed to turn over documents requested by the committees in October. The ra...

The Koch Brothers And Republican Party Have Just Joined Forces To Track Voters – ThinkProgress

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A secretive data and technology company linked to conservative oil billionaires Charles and David Koch has reached an agreement to share its information with the “voter file and data management company” that holds an exclusive agreement with the Republican National Committee. This will allow the Republican Party full access to voter data collected by the Koch’s Freedom Partners entities and clients — and entrenches the Kochs’ network even deeper into the GOP. Because political parties are no...

Numbers lie all the time: How political polls work - TechRepublic

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Joey: You don't know what these numbers told you. I'm an expert, and I don't know what these numbers just told you. Josh: Numbers don't lie. Joey: They lie all the time. Numbers lie all the time. Yet the business of numbers is big business. Big data helps companies make better decisions by extracting key insights from piles of information. Polling does the same for politics. And like big data for business, though results can be ambiguous and notoriously hard to interpret, polls are essent...

Ted Cruz erased Trump's Iowa lead by spending millions on voter targeting | US news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2016-02-01
Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign has ramped up its aggressive voter-targeting operation, paying out more than $3m to a company that – along with parallel funding via Super Pacs linked to the senator’s top donor – is using detailed psychological profiles to sway voters. Iowa caucus day: Palin praises Trump as 'he who will be the next president' – campaign live Read more A Guardian analysis of the final campaign disclosures released on the eve of Iowa’s caucuses shows the Cruz campaign, banki...

Clinton-Trump debate #1: What the data from social media tells us - TechRepublic

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Image: Getty Images This article was originally published on CNET. Big Data was a big part of the first big debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump battled it out Monday night at Long Island's Hofstra University in the first of their three debates as they race to become the next US president. The candidates sparred over "America's direction," "achieving prosperity" and "securing America" — basically anything — in a debate that was expected to draw an audience on par with the Super Bowl. ...

The AggregateIQ Files, Part Four: Northwest Passage

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The UpGuard Cyber Risk Team’s discovery and analysis of an exposed data repository belonging to AggregateIQ (AIQ), a British Columbia-based data firm, has taken readers around the globe, implicating a number of high-profile political customers in a number of countries. Part One of “The AggregateIQ Files” offered an exclusive look at how exposed technical tools designed for the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) shed light on AIQ’s relationship with Cambridge Analytica - an embat...

Exclusive: How a tiny Canadian IT company helped swing the Brexit vote for Leave 

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Publication Date: 2017-02-24
With the entire political establishment massed against them and the bookmakers giving them no hope, the Leave campaign faced what many thought was an impossible battle to take Britain out of the European Union. But election data published yesterday has provided a window into how Vote Leave upset the odds to land a sensational victory in last year's EU referendum. While the Remain camp boasted of their success in reaching out to millions of people on Facebook, home to the millennial voters w...

Former Cambridge Analytica exec says she wants lies to stop | UK news | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-23
Brittany Kaiser talks about her time inside the controversial political data firm and why she is speaking out now Former Cambridge Analytica exec says she wants lies to stop It was the summer of 2007. Brittany Kaiser was not yet 21, but she was one of a handful of full-time workers in the small digital team for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, uploading photos of the Illinois senator to something called a Facebook page. At the next desk was another activist who knew a bit about the so...

How Amazon Helped Cambridge Analytica Harvest Americans’ Facebook Data

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Publication Date: 2018-03-27
Facebook has been rocked by reports of a massive data scrape carried out by Cambridge Analytica and one of its then-contractors, a Cambridge University academic named Aleksandr Kogan. Kogan claims that the data he collected from thousands of Facebook users and their friends—amounting to data on over 50 million users—abided by Facebook’s terms; Cambridge Analytica promises it deleted the data; and Facebook is auditing everyone it can for signs of the data. advertisement But while Facebook pr...

El mundo secreto de los bots y los trolls…Por P. M. Fernández | Libres del SurEl mundo secreto de los bots y los trolls…Por P. M. Fernández - Libres del Sur

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Publication Date: 2017-11-16
Todos hablan de ellos, sí, pero muy pocos saben qué son y cómo se relacionan. Hay especialistas que manejan “granjas” de cuentas automatizadas. Logramos hablar con ellos, analizamos millones de tuits y te explicamos cómo funciona esta “realidad paralela”. Cuando el presidente de la Nación, Mauricio Macri, presentó su nueva plataforma de Gobierno el 30 de octubre último más de 15 mil cuentas participaron de la conversación en Twitter. En total generaron más de 90 mil mensajes y 10 mil retuits...

Cambridge Analytica in Latin America: What We Know So far | Analysis | teleSUR English

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Publication Date: 2018-03-22
Cambridge Analytica in Latin America: What We Know So far Cambridge Analytica worked on U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign, and gained access to data on 50 million Facebook users in order to build voter profiles – including in Latin American countries holding elections. 1. Brazil Cambridge Analytica Chief Data Officer Dr Alex Tayler and Managing Director Mark Turnbull told an undercover Channel 4 journalist that the company has been working in Mexico and was now targeting Braz...

Cambridge Analytica: The data firm's global influence - BBC News

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix has been suspended amid the controversy The company accused of using the personal data of millions of Facebook users to influence how people vote is not shy about its international portfolio. Political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica is facing questions over whether it used personal data to sway the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum. But its reach extends well beyond...

After A Shocking Election, Will Data-Driven Campaigners Change Their Game? | AdExchanger

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Publication Date: 2017-01-20
In the years leading up to the 2016 election, Democrats continued investing heavily in a shared data and technology platform, NGP VAN, across liberal candidates and causes. Republicans took a more market-based approach, with high-headcount, full-service shops meant to continue product development beyond election years. Republicans wanted competition where liberals emphasized collaboration. In the wake of widely unexpected election results, have data-driven campaigners on either side shifted t...

Marketers are feeling the impact of Facebook's role in Russia's presidential election influence campaign - Digiday

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Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Russian trolls are influencing how Facebook lets advertisers target its users. Facebook is now stipulating that targeted political ads on its platform undergo human review, which could slow down how quickly marketers can get their Facebook ads up and running. While the change in ad reviews will have the biggest impact on political advertisers, it is notable because it shows the pressure Facebook is facing for letting a Russian troll farm buy ads on its platform is leading the social giant to...

Old Towne Media Topped Election Agency Spending in Q4 | Campaign Trail - AdAge

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Publication Date: 2016-02-16
Sanders TV ad CORRECTION: This story originally reported that the campaign expenditures listed herein encompassed all of 2015 but that is incorrect. They refer only to expenditures made by candidate campaigns in the fourth quarter of 2015, from October 1 through December 31, 2015. We hear a lot about how much money the 2016 presidential hopefuls are spending on ads. But there's an entire industry dedicated to churning campaign donor dollars into direct mail, TV spots, social-media efforts, ...

Alexander Nix took $8 million from Cambridge Analytica, reports the FT - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix allegedly withdrew more than $8 million from the British data firm before its collapse last month. The Financial Times, citing sources, reported that Nix took the cash shortly after media reports of Cambridge Analytica's involvement in the Facebook data scandal. He is now in dispute with investors over returning the money, which was reportedly intended to help get successor data firm, Emerdata, off the ground. Nix told British lawmakers on Wedne...

Cambridge Analytica Backers Already Set Up New Data Co, Emerdata

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
It's unclear what UK-based Emerdata does, but the Mercers are involved, along with Cambridge Analytica executives and Betsy DeVos's brother. Rebekah Mercer, right, with presidential advisers Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon and Trump aide Hope Hicks at Donald Trump's inauguration. Days after revelations about how Cambridge Analytica misused Facebook data to manipulate users during the 2016 presidential election, leading to the suspension of the company's CEO, a new report says the pro-Trum...

Cambridge Analytica founder says no rebranding under a new name - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-05-08
The founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, Nigel Oakes, told Bloomberg on Tuesday the firm won't be rebranding under a new company called Emerdata. Emerdata, the mysterious data firm featuring several top Cambridge Analytica executives, is under the control of a court appointed administrator in the U.K., Oakes said. Oakes did not say what will happen to Cambridge Analytica's data. The founder of Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Group, says the controversial data analyt...

Las empresas se meten en política, ¿afecta a sus ventas? | Expansión.

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Publication Date: 2018-05-30
Aeroméxico, Grupo Vasconia y Femsa han recibido críticas en las redes sociales por publicar videos y cartas que invitan a sus empleados a votar contra Andrés Manuel López Obrador. CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (Expansión) - “Recientemente, hemos escuchado con preocupación propuestas de estatización de empresas, la derogación de las reformas energética y educativa, entre otras ideas que significarían un retroceso de décadas y el regreso a un modelo económico que está más probado que no ha funcionado en v...

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