Cambridge Analytica used hacked personal information for a “privatized colonizing operation” in developing countries such as Nigeria, and elsewhere in Africa, a whistleblower told British lawmakers on Tuesday.
In Nigeria, an Israeli company called Black Cube hacked private health data from current Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Black Cube was one of the companies linked to SCL, the parent company for Cambridge Analytica.
Christopher Wylie, a former research director at the parent company for Cambridge Analytica released more bombshell claims about what his former employer did around the world in a testimony to a committee of British Parliament on Tuesday.
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Wylie was the whistleblower who first exposed details on how Cambridge Analytica improperly used Facebook data of millions of user to influence the presidential election in the United States in 2016.
The company was led in part by Steve Bannon and worked for the Trump campaign’s digital operation.
Wylie, according to New York Daily News, said the Canadian-based company that worked on Brexit, AggregateIQ, was a “franchise” of SCL and built the software that Cambridge Analytica and others used for its election operations.
The company had previously been involved in Nigerian elections, he said, and had an Israeli company called Black Cube hack private health data from current Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Black Cube said in a statement to the Daily News that it “always operated within the boundaries of the law in every jurisdiction it operates” and that Wylie’s assertion is a “flagrant lie” perhaps worthy of a defamation suit, NY Daily News reported.
“We categorically declare that neither Black Cube, nor any of its affiliates and subsidiaries, have ever worked for, or engaged with, SCL, Cambridge Analytica, or any of their affiliates and subsidiaries,” it said, also adding that it had not worked in anything connected to Nigeria.
Buhari won election in 2015, but had unsuccessfully run three times before, when Wylie said AggregateIQ handled the hacked data and also distributed threatening anti-Islamic videos that showed people’s throats being cut in an effort to intimidate voters.
Undercover footage aired by the UK’s Channel 4 also showed now-suspended Cambridge Analytica leader Alexander Nix, who said that his company could use prostitutes to entrap candidates.
A Guardian article had previously pointed to the company handling hacked data from Nigeria, St. Kitts and Nevis.
“They could care less as to whether or not their work is compliant because they like to win,” Wylie said Tuesday.