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Hacked Data: Cambridge Analytica Was Paid N1.8bn to Sway Election Results in Nigeria.

If you’ve been following the Cambridge Analytica story, then you already know how they used the data gleaned from 50 million Facebook users to sway election results in America. In the wake of these revelations, Guardian UK has also uncovered how Cambridge Analytica was hired by a billionaire to sway the election results by digging dirt on the opposition leader.

They were paid about $2.8 million in 2015 by the Nigerian billionaire and according to the report.

“It was the kind of campaign that was our bread and butter, We’re employed by a billionaire who’s panicking at the idea of a change of government and who wants to spend big to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Unlike the US/Kenyan elections, Cambridge didn’t use only Facebook, instead, they worked with Israeli Hackers who brought a USB stick reportedly filled with hacked personal emails, which included private information, including potential medical records, about then-Nigerian opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari, who is now president.

Why Israeli Hackers, you ask?

Asides from the ‘billionaire’ involvement, the report pointed out that Israel didn’t like the idea of Buhari as president, and the hackers in partnership with Cambridge Analytica were used to spread propaganda messages about the President. Now here is another interesting fact, a report in 2013 revealed that Goodluck Jonathan awarded a $40m contract to an Israeli company to allegedly monitor the Internet communication by Nigerians, the name of the company is called Elbit Systems. However, I am not sure if Elbit Systems is linked with these hackers, especially considering the fact that the report from Guardian claims that Jonathan Goodluck was not aware of the manipulation done on his behalf.

So, how did the story end?

Luckily, staff members were alarmed by the information presented at the meeting, and the fear of being caught made them refuse to implement the hacked data into their campaign.

In other unrelated news, I apologize for the server issues from my end. 

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7 comments on “Hacked Data: Cambridge Analytica Was Paid N1.8bn to Sway Election Results in Nigeria.

  1. Technology keeps playing significant roles in our everyday life from how we sleep to the way we communicate to even our elections..
    Positively and negatively.

  2. Truman says:

    sources?

  3. Pwilliams says:

    this is very deep

  4. Xtopher says:

    Sources or this is vague..

  5. _edu_andy_ says:

    Woww

  6. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, THIS IS THE REALITY OF THE MODERN DAY. TECHNOLOGY ESPECIALLY INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY AFFECTS OUR DAILY LIVES DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY.
    FACEBOOK WILL OF COURSE BOUNCE OFF THIS HOT SPOT ESPECIALLY IN THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES EASILY.
    ABOUT THE NEWS ACTUALLY REPORTED HERE, I HAD A FIRSTHAND INFORMATION ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS. HOWEVER, THE DIFFERENTIAL WAS THAT THE HACKERS WERE FROM GERMANY 🇩🇪 AND NOT ISRAEL 🇮🇱. I KNOW ITS POSSIBLE THEN, BUT IT DIDN’T BOTHER ME BECAUSE I KNOW BUHARI WOULD WIN.
    PEOPLE WILL START ASKING FOR SOURCE NOW BECAUSE ITS A POLITICALLY RELATED NEWS. FUNNILY ENOUGH, THEY’VE NEVER REQUESTED FOR SUCH HERE BEFORE…

  7. Cirphrank says:

    How I wish it was applied, look at what them playing by THE BOOKS (crooked book) has gotten us now, a change that’s nothing pleasant.

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