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The Aggregate IQ Files, Part One: How a Political Engineering Firm Exposed Their Code Base

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The UpGuard Cyber Team’s latest discovery of a data leak, involving the exposed IT assets of a data analytics firm based in British Columbia, Canada, presents significant questions for society about how technology can be used. In this first installment of a multipart series titled “The AIQ Files,” we begin to explain the importance of the data revealed from a publicly exposed AggregateIQ repository, and how it relates to recent US political history. Coming amidst a firestorm of scrutiny abou...
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The AggregateIQ Files, Part Three: A Monarch, A Peasant, and a Saga

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In Part One of this series, “The AggregateIQ Files,” we explained how the UpGuard Cyber Risk Team’s discovery of a publicly downloadable data repository operated by British Columbia-based data firm AggregateIQ (AIQ) exposed technical tools used for political operations around the world, including the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). In Part Two, we explored how the exposed repository shed light on AIQ’s work in the United Kingdom involving a number of organizations, including...
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GOP Data Firm Accidentally Leaks Personal Details of Nearly 200 Million American Voters

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Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server. The data leak contains a wealth of personal information on roughly 61 percent of the US population. Along with home addresses, birthdates, and phone numbers, the records include advanced sentiment analyses used by political groups to predict where individual voters fall on h...
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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...
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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...
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Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy amidst “siege” of negative attention | Ars Technica

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Cambridge Analytica LLC, the American arm of the London-based data analytics firm of the same name, filed for bankruptcy in federal court in New York on Friday. The company submitted a voluntary formal petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy—liquidation. That document reveals the company has between $1 and $10 million in debt with very little assets. On May 2, SCL Elections Ltd. and its other British affiliates filed similar "insolvency" documents with UK authorities. It was revealed last month t...
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Cambridge Analytica files outline tactics to influence... | Daily Mail Online

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Publication Date: 2018-03-29
Cambridge Analytica’s parent company boasted that it had influenced voters across the world – including one claim that “anti-election rallies” had been held to discourage people from turning out at the ballot box in Nigeria. SCL Group documents submitted by whistleblower Christopher Wylie and released by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee on Thursday revealed the company speaking of its “international experience” in political research, citing work on multiple foreign elections. ...
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The AggregateIQ Files, Part Two: The Brexit Connection

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Our recent discovery and analysis of publicly downloadable code repositories originating from data analytics firm AggregateIQ has answered a few questions, but raised many more. In Part One of “The AggregateIQ Files,” we explained how the data exposed from within this development repository appear to corroborate existing evidence and accusations that AggregateIQ and Cambridge Analytica, an embattled and highly controversial data firm, work closely together, on projects that appear customized ...

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