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Coronavirus: Racist ‘zoombombing’ at virtual synagogue

Coronavirus: Racist ‘zoombombing’ at virtual synagogue

Technology
A synagogue service being held online has been hijacked by racist accounts which posted anti-Semitic abuse to congregants, the BBC has learned.The meeting was being held on video chat app Zoom."Zoombombing" - where uninvited guests enter meetings - is on the rise as more people use the app to stay in touch during the coronavirus restrictions.Experts advised people to secure meetings against intruders.A BBC employee who attended the meeting at a synagogue in London explained what happened: "There were about 205 of us logged on - including lots of families with little kids - and suddenly the numbers went up to 243."The group chat, which appears on the right-hand side of the screen, rapidly filled up with "vile abuse", she said.Ther...
Man confesses to shooting near German synagogue

Man confesses to shooting near German synagogue

World
Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A man accused of fatally shooting two people near a German synagogue confessed to the killings, federal prosecutors said Friday. The German federal prosecutor's office told NBC News that Stephen Balliet, 27, gave "comprehensive testimony" Thursday. "Stephen B. has admitted to the accusations and specifically to his anti-Semitic as well as right-wing extremist motives," said Markus Schmitt, a spokesman for prosecutors. The office said Balliet had nearly 9 pounds of explosives in his vehicle when police arrested him. Police said he posted a 35-minute video to the Twitch streaming service showing the killings and a brief anti-Semitic rant in which he said the Holocaust never happened. The attack happened on Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and more than 8...
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect charged

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect charged

World
A man accused of killing 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue during a baby naming ceremony has been charged with 29 offences. Robert Bowers, 46, was charged with offences including hate crimes and weapons offences as he recovered in hospital having been shot several times after exchanging gunfire with police, authorities said. Image: Suspected gunman Robert Bowers is in custody. Pic: US media The 20-minute attack at Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighbourhood at 10am on Saturday left six others wounded, including four police officers.The suspect is believed to have shouted antisemitic slurs, including "all Jews must die" as he barged into the synagogue on Saturday morning before opening fire in one of the dead...