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Sen. Ron Wyden has sent a letter to Senate leaders claiming a tech company has told a handful of senators foreign agents are continuing to target senators' and staffers' personal accounts — and that the Senate security services won't protect them because they're not official accounts, the AP's Frank Bajak reports.

Why it matters: Security is not just about shoring up cyber controls for politicians' official accounts.  Hackers take a layered approach that hits on all possible vulnerabilities, not just official ones.

The Office of the Sergeant at Arms, which handles Senate security, doesn't have the authority to help with personal accounts, per the AP. Sen. Wyden has introduced a bill that would expand that authority.

  • Although the Senate security services offer trainings for offices on the Hill, some Senate offices, like Sen. Shaheen's, have taken matters into their own hands with in-office training in the face of foreign targeting.

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Deadly storm Zeta pummels parts of Alabama and Florida

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Former Hurricane Zeta has killed at least one person after a downed power line electrocuted a 55-year-old in Louisiana as the storm's powerful winds and heavy rainfall moved into Alabama overnight.

What's happening: After "battering southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi," Zeta weakened to a tropical storm over central Alabama early on Thursday, per the National Hurricane Center.

Taiwan reaches a record 200 days with no local coronavirus cases

Catholics go through containment protocols including body-temperature measurement and hands-sanitisation before entering the Saint Christopher Parish Church, Taipei City, Taiwan, in July. Photo: Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Taiwan on Thursday marked no locally transmitted coronavirus cases for 200 days, as the island of 23 million people's total number of infections reported stands at 550 and the COVID-19 death toll at seven.

Why it matters: Nowhere else in the world has reached such a milestone. While COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S. and Europe, Taiwan's last locally transmitted case was on April 12. Experts credit tightly regulated travel, early border closure, "rigorous contact tracing, technology-enforced quarantine and universal mask wearing," along with the island state's previous experience with the SARS virus, per Bloomberg.

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