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Cambridge Analytica shared data with Russia: Whistleblower

AFP  |  Washington 

group used Russian researchers and shared with companies linked to Russian intelligence, a told a congressional hearing on interference in the 2016 US election tpday.

Christopher Wylie, who leaked on the British-based firm's hijacking of on millions of users, told a panel he believes services had access to harvested by the consultancy.

Wylie told the panel that Russian-American Aleksandr Kogan, who created an application to harvest user profile data, was working at the same time on Russian-funded projects, including "behavioral research." "This means that in addition to data being accessed in Russia, there are reasonable grounds to suspect that CA may have been an intelligence target of Russian ..(and) that Russian may have been notified of the existence of CA's Facebook data," Wylie said in his written testimony.

Wylie added that "used Russian researchers to gather its data, (and) openly shared on 'rumor campaigns' and 'attitudinal inoculation'" with companies and executives linked to the agency

The hearing is part of a broad inquiry on both sides of the Atlantic over the misuse of Facebook data by the consulting firm working on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. Facebook has accused of misappropriating its user data by violating terms of the data agreement with Kogan, the academic

Wylie told the panel that "the ethos of the firm was 'anything goes'" for its political campaigns, including "attempting to divert health ministry funds in a struggling African country to support a politician's re-election campaign." He added that he was aware of "black ops" at the company, "which I understood to include using hackers to break into computer systems to acquire kompromat or other intelligence for its clients.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 21:05 IST