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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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French Presidential Candidate Running Data-Based Campaign - DMN

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Publication Date: 2017-01-10
French Presidential Candidate Running Data-Based Campaign Share this content: linkedin google Email Print Independent centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron hires firm to help with campaign France by ericniequist The role of data and analytics in identifying and engaging relevant audiences is as important to politics as it is to marketing. And not just in the United States. In the run-up to this year's French Presidential election — the first round of voting takes place in April — th...
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Cambridge Analytica shuts, but will new firm Emerdata now offer election wins to highest bidder? — RT UK News

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The company at the heart of Facebook’s data harvesting scandal has filed for bankruptcy. But that doesn’t mean the UK firm’s executives and moneymen are simply riding off into the sunset. When news broke that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, SCL Group, were to shut their doors and file for bankruptcy, little sympathy was found for the firms on social media. A company statement cited the “the siege of media coverage” in the wake of the scandal, which saw 87 million Facebook users ...
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Emerdata: Basically Cambridge Analytica Rebranded | Metro US

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Boasting many of the same principals as Cambridge Analytica, that company's announced "shutdown" looks a lot like a renaming. And the timing is suspicious. Yesterday, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-connected data-mining firm that improperly accessed Facebook data of 87 million people, was shutting down. But "shutting down" may not mean much — many of that company's principal players are associated with a new data company called Emerdata. What is Emerdata? Emerdata was ...
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Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What a Tangled Web They Weave | HowStuffWorks

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Publication Date: 2018-05-11
" " Facebook users expressed outrage when learning their private data was used by Cambridge Analytica, the recently defunct British firm at the center of a major scandal involving the 2016 election, Donald Trump and private data. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images When news broke in early March 2018 that Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm, accessed private information of more than 87 million Facebook users without their permission, people were outraged. But as the story grew, it became...
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Deep Root Analytics sued after data breach - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2017-06-22
A data-analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee last year to gather political information about US voters accidentally leaked the sensitive personal details of roughly 198 million citizens earlier this month. And it's now facing its first class-action lawsuit. Deep Root Analytics, a data firm contracted by the RNC, stored details of about 61% of the US population on an Amazon cloud server without password protection for roughly two weeks before it was discovered by security ...
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A GOP voter-targeting firm was doing massive data analysis on Reddit - The Verge

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Publication Date: 2017-06-19
A conservative analytics firm apparently scraped a huge trove of Reddit data as part of its voter-targeting efforts. As reported by Gizmodo, GOP-contracted company Deep Root Analytics accidentally put a folder titled “reddit” on a publicly accessible web server along with other internal records, which cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery discovered last week. It contains 170GB of data from several subreddits, but no indication of how Deep Root might be using the information. The subreddits in qu...
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AggregateIQ, Canadian data firm at centre of global controversy, was hired by clients big and small - The Globe and Mail

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Publication Date: 2018-04-16
AggregateIQ, the Victoria consultancy that was suspended by Facebook amid controversy over its role in political campaigns in Britain and elsewhere, worked on a range of smaller elections in Canada – including an ill-fated comeback last year by a former mayor in Newfoundland. A list of AggregateIQ’s Canadian clients is detailed in files uncovered online in late March by UpGuard Inc. The U.S. cybersecurity consulting firm discovered some of the inner workings of AggregateIQ after the B.C. com...
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You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy • The Register

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Publication Date: 2018-05-18
The US branches of Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL have filed for bankruptcy as execs inch closer to ridding themselves of the toxic brand. The filings, submitted to the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court late yesterday, are for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy – akin to liquidation in the UK – which allows the debtor to escape without having to file a repayment plan*. Cambridge Analytica is the firm at the heart of the Facebook data harvesting scandal, which hit headlines following revel...
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Ex-CEO: Cambridge Analytica became "huge target" after Trump win - CBS News

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LONDON -- The former head of Cambridge Analytica said Wednesday that his political consulting firm got "an incredibly huge target" on its back because of its involvement in President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Alexander Nix said his now-defunct firm had become the subject of global derision and was unfairly blamed for putting Mr. Trump in office. The remarks came as an unrepentant Nix clashed with British lawmakers investigating the use of Facebook data in election campaigns. The Pa...
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Inside Cambridge Analytica’s Virtual Currency Plans - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-04-17
SAN FRANCISCO — The embattled political data firm Cambridge Analytica quietly sought to develop its own virtual currency in recent months through a so-called initial coin offering, a novel fund-raising method that has come under growing scrutiny by financial regulators around the world. The offering was part of a broader, but still very private push that the firm was making into the nascent world of cryptocurrencies over the last year. Much like its acquisition of Facebook data to build psy...
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Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm – Channel 4 News

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Publication Date: 2018-03-20
An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation. An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump. The British data company was secretly filmed discus...
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Facebook employs psychologist whose firm sold data to Cambridge Analytica | News | The Guardian

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Publication Date: 2018-03-18
The co-director of a company that harvested data from tens of millions of Facebook users before selling it to the controversial data analytics firms Cambridge Analytica is currently working for the tech giant as an in-house psychologist. ‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower Read more Joseph Chancellor was one of two founding directors of Global Science Research (GSR), the company that harvested Facebook data using a personality app under the ...
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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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Goodbye Cambridge Analytica, hello Emerdata?

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Publication Date: 2018-05-03
Hope you're not planning to come back under a different guise... The Wall Street Journal reports that Cambridge Analytica, the shady firm at the centre of the recent Facebook data scandal, is shutting down. Cambridge Analytica, which specialises in the rather creepy field of “psychographic” profiling, acquired the data of more than 50 million Facebook users via an illegitimate route. The company acquired the information without the knowledge of Facebook users who ran a personality quiz app ...
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Cambridge Analytica's CEO allegedly took $8 million from the firm before its closure

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Publication Date: 2018-06-06
Reuters 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 lawma...
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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 ...
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Inside Cambridge Analytica, Few Knew How Soon the End Would Come

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Illustration: Angelica Alzona/Gizmodo Sitting with a friend in a bar in mid-March, a former Cambridge Analytica employee said he was having a beer when someone texted him Facebook’s announcement that it was kicking the data firm off its platform “pending further information.” “I just remember thinking, ‘Oh my God,’” he told Gizmodo. “This is going to be insane.” “I was like, ‘Man, what am I going to do?’” the former employee continued. “I won’t say the writing was on the wall, I didn’t nece...
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Justice Department and F.B.I. Are Investigating Cambridge Analytica - The New York Times

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Publication Date: 2018-05-15
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department and the F.B.I. are investigating Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct political data firm, and have sought to question former employees and banks that handled its business, according to an American official and other people familiar with the inquiry. Prosecutors have questioned potential witnesses in recent weeks, telling them that there is an open investigation into Cambridge Analytica — which worked on President Trump’s election and other Republican camp...
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Cambridge Analytica executives and Mercer family launch Emerdata - Business Insider Deutschland

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Publication Date: 2018-03-21
The power players behind Cambridge Analytica have set up a new company — and the daughters of Donald Trump-supporting billionaire Robert Mercer have just joined as directors. Rebekah and Jennifer Mercer joined Emerdata on March 16, but it is shrouded in mystery. Alexander Nix, the suspended CEO of Cambridge Analytica, is also a director, as well as other executives from parent firm SCL Group. Emerdata also lists Johnson Chun Shun Ko, a Chinese executive from Frontier Services Group, the mi...
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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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Cambridge Analytica: Will data scandal firm return from the dead? - BBC News

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Cambridge Analytica's Washington office has been left unmanned Are Cambridge Analytica and its parent SCL Elections as dead as they seem? The businesses issued a statement on Wednesday, saying they had started bankruptcy proceedings, blaming a "siege of media coverage" related to the Facebook data-harvesting scandal for the decision. The document added that staff were being laid off as a consequence. But the role of two other London-registered operati...
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Inside the final days of Cambridge Analytica: Failed rebrands, fleeing clients and Nerf basketball

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Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. For months, Cambridge Analytica employees had heard whispers of a rebrand that would save their business. On Thursday, any lingering hope was extinguished when the embattled data firm linked to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign declared bankruptcy despite weeks of efforts to leave behind its controversial past. Even before CEO Alexander Nix was ousted aft...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Cambridge Analytica CEO Allegedly Sent $8.2Mln to His Other Firm - Shareholders - Sputnik International

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Cambridge Analytica data mining company has shut down amid a scandal over the personal information of about 50 million users it gathered from Facebook in order to allegedly influence some significant votes, including the 2016 US Presidential election and the Brexit referendum. Some of the Cambridge Analityca shareholders told the Financial Times newspaper on Wednesday, that the firm's head Alexander Nix allegedly withdrew $8.2 million right after the first publications about the misue of use...
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Cambridge Analytica-linked firm held data-gathering op for foreign intel in Yemen – Max Blumenthal — RT World News

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Cambridge Analytica’s parent company gathered data for Western spy agencies to single out men with jihadist sentiments as a part of “counter-insurgency” operation, journalist Max Blumenthal told RT. While the Cambridge Analytica scandal is still making waves, it has emerged that its parent company, Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), conducted research for foreign intelligence in Yemen in 2009 under its Project Titania. Hired staffers were tasked with making a psychological portrait ...
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Black voters suppressed by Bannon using Cambridge Analytica | Metro US

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Publication Date: 2018-05-17
Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-aligned data firm which was found to have improperly harvested personal data from 87 million Facebook users, and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon worked to suppress the black vote in the 2016 election, a former employee told Congress on Wednesday. Christopher Wylie, an ex-employee of Cambridge Analytica who blew the whistle on the company's misuse of Facebook, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the company offered strategies to discourage certain segment...
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Cambridge Analytica boss spars with MPs - BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Alexander Nix asked MPs to consider 'what happens if I was the victim?' The former chief of scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has refused to answer questions about the full extent of its use of Facebook-sourced data. Alexander Nix said that he could not do so while an inquiry by the Information Commissioner's office (ICO) was live. He also accused the watchdog of "abusing his parliamentary privilege" by using details revealed at an e...

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