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Tech Firms Seek Washington's Prized Asset: Top-Secret Clearances

• By Gerrit De Vynck

Under siege for letting their platforms be co-opted by Russian hackers during the 2016 election, Silicon Valley companies are learning what many businesses with interests in Washington have long known: It pays to have staff with government security clearances.

Major players in technology are bolstering their workforces with former government employees holding top-secret and higher clearances needed to share classified information, as congressional probes and a federal investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue to unearth information about Russia's meddling in last year's election.

"We are starting to see platforms in the social-media arena being used by bad actors -- in ways for which for they were never intended," Ned Miller, chief technology strategist for the public sector for McAfee, said in an interview. "

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