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Black Cube and Cambridge Analytica: what do we know? Black Cube and Cambridge Analytica: what do we know?
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  Black Cube was allegedly hired to hack Nigeria's now-president, a claim the company denies
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<strong>Whistleblower Christopher Wylie appeared before British lawmakers on March 27 to expand on the inner workings of his former employer Cambridge Analytica, and his role in shaping the company that now stands at the center of a growing scandal about who uses our personal data, and how. During his hours' long testimony, Wylie said Cambridge Analytica hired Israeli private intelligence agency Black Cube to collect compromising information on Nigeria's now-president, Muhammadu Buhari.  <strong>Whistleblower Christopher Wylie appeared before British lawmakers on March 27 to expand on the inner workings of his former employer Cambridge Analytica, and his role in shaping the company that now stands at the center of a growing scandal about the misuse of personal data from Facebook. He drew an Israeli private intelligence company, Black Cube, into his disclosures.</strong>
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  During his hours-long testimony under parliamentary privilege protecting him from legal action, Wylie said Cambridge Analytica hired Black Cube to collect compromising information on Nigeria's now-president, Muhammadu Buhari.
"Black Cube on the Nigeria project was engaged to hack the now-president Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails," Wylie <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/27/internet/data-misuse-whistleblower-gives-evidence-to-uk-parliament/58132/">told</a> the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee. Separately, disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies">allegedly hired</a> (<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies"><em>The New Yorker</em></a>) the private intelligence agency to try to prevent reports of sexual assault from surfacing.  "Black Cube on the Nigeria project was engaged to hack the now-president Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails," Wylie <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/03/27/internet/data-misuse-whistleblower-gives-evidence-to-uk-parliament/58132/">told</a> the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee. Black Cube was also reportedly hired by disgraced media mogul Harvey Weinstein (<a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies"><em>The New Yorker</em></a>) to prevent reports of sexual assault from surfacing.
Black Cube <a href="https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-discloses-ties-toisrael-s-black-cube-1.5955200">denied Wylie's claims</a> (<a href="https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-discloses-ties-toisrael-s-black-cube-1.5955200">Haaretz</a>): "Whilst we are flattered that we are seemingly being connected with every international incident that occurs, we will state that Chris Wylie’s testimony is a flagrent lie." Black Cube <a href="https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-discloses-ties-toisrael-s-black-cube-1.5955200">denied Wylie's claims</a> (<a href="https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-discloses-ties-toisrael-s-black-cube-1.5955200">Haaretz</a>): "Whilst we are flattered that we are seemingly being connected with every international incident that occurs, we will state that Chris Wylie’s testimony is a flagrent lie."
The whistleblower said Cambridge Analytica worked with AggregateIQ (AIQ), a software development firm based in Canada, to dissuade Nigerians from voting in the country's 2015 presidential election.  Wylie said Cambridge Analytica worked with AggregateIQ (AIQ), a software development firm based in Canada, to dissuade Nigerians from voting in the country's 2015 presidential election.
"AIQ was handed material in Nigeria from Cambridge Analytica to distribute online... That’s distribution of <em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kompromat" rel="external">kompromat</a></em> and of incredibly threatening and violent video content," said Wylie. "AIQ was handed material in Nigeria from Cambridge Analytica to distribute online... That’s distribution of <em><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kompromat" rel="external">kompromat</a></em> and of incredibly threatening and violent video content," said Wylie.
In response to the allegations, AIQ said: "AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. Aggregate IQ has never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica. Chris Wylie has never been employed by AggregateIQ. AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates. It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity. All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client." In response to the allegations, AIQ said: "AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL. Aggregate IQ has never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica. Chris Wylie has never been employed by AggregateIQ. AggregateIQ works in full compliance within all legal and regulatory requirements in all jurisdictions where it operates. It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity. All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client."
However, tech website Gizmodo <a href="https://gizmodo.com/aggregateiq-created-cambridge-analyticas-election-softw-1824026565">says</a> it has obtained files that prove AIQ developed the software marketed by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. However, tech website Gizmodo <a href="https://gizmodo.com/aggregateiq-created-cambridge-analyticas-election-softw-1824026565">says</a> it has obtained files that prove AIQ developed the software marketed by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
  <h2>What is Black Cube?</h2>
  <a href="https://www.blackcube.com/">Black Cube</a> is a private intelligence agency <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Cube">founded in 2010</a> by two Israeli former intelligence officers that operates out of London, Paris and Tel Aviv. It maintains strong connections to Israel's security and intelligence agencies.
  The company <a href="https://www.blackcube.com/">says</a> it "specialises in tailored solutions to complex business and litigation challenges." Black Cube's main business is to gather intelligence and provide strategic consulting services for corporations.
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   <li>Black Cube provided intelligence services to Vincent Tchenguiz on several occasions. Between 2005 and 2015, Tchenguiz was the largest shareholder in SCL Group, Cambridge Analytica's parent company, <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/211152/trump-data-analytics-russian-access">according to <em>Tablet</em></a>, a <a href="http://www.tabletmag.com/about">daily online magazine</a> of Jewish news, ideas, and culture.</li>
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