CA Border Mission Clarification, Cyberattacks Against ISIS, Crackdown on Sex Work Sites, and More

CA Border Mission Clarification, Cyberattacks Against ISIS, Crackdown on Sex Work Sites, and More
  • ​U.S. National Guard members are preparing to deploy along the country’s southern border following President Trump’s announcement—and some states are clarifying these efforts. California’s governor has agreed to send 400 troops to the state’s border with Mexico to combat fighting crime—not to build a new wall or detain immigrants. "This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws.” The new Trump-dictated wave of National Guard personnel may take months to be situated at the border, CNN notes. 

  • The United Kingdom is fighting back against ISIS’s cyber recruiting prowess. The country launched a cyberattack against the extremist group  last year, hindering its ability to coordinate attacks and suppressing its propaganda. “It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an adversary’s online efforts in a military campaign,” BBC reports. Details of the efforts were discussed during a cyber conference in the UK, noting that the operation made it almost impossible for ISIS to use its normal channels to communicate or spread propaganda. The effort—alongside Russia’s aggressive cyber tactics against its enemies—illustrate the power of military-level cyberattacks. 

  • President Trump signed a bill yesterday that reduces legal protections for websites that enable sex trafficking  The Hill reports. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) reins in the liability protections such sites have when it comes to the content posted by its users. The bill was signed two days after Backpage.com was shut down by federal prosecutors, who indicted executives on money laundering and prostitution charges. 

  • In other news, more than 250 people were killed in a military transport plane crash in Algeria yesterday that fell into a field shortly after takeoff. The Parkland shooter potentially has a large inheritance coming his way, but wants to donate it to the shooting victims. A strain of synthetic marijuana that has caused the deaths of three people and severe bleeding in hundreds more may be laced with rat poison, officials say. U.S. officials are trying to stay one step ahead of a new E. coli outbreak. Tensions between the U.S., Russia, and Syria are growing as President Trump announced bomb threats on Twitter. Eight Argentinean police officers were fired after blaming the disappearance of half a ton of marijuana on mice eating the drug. New Zealand announced a refresh of its 2015 cybersecurity strategy. An aviation security officer who was fired after dragging a man off a United flight in a high-profile incident last year is suing the airline and Chicago. ​