The Justice Department this week charged two former Twitter employees with accessing the firm’s data on more than 6,000 users.
The story rings an alarm about Saudi Arabia’s reach, but it also provides a more general warning to technology companies sitting on stockpiles of sensitive personal information.
Security professionals across industries see insider threats as a rising concern, and Silicon Valley has hardly been a stranger to the risk.
Technology companies aren’t national defense agencies with extensive built-in background checks for neatly defined levels of security clearance.
This is an issue Silicon Valley firms should prove they have a handle on, lest the next Cambridge Analytica break out — this time from within.

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