Israeli ground forces began launching attacks on Gaza in a widening of hostilities as Israel braced for more internal strife between its Arab and Jewish citizens following Friday prayers. The Israeli military said tank and artillery units on Israel’s side of the border joined with some 160 aircraft to unleash the heaviest barrage of bombardments yet in five days of clashes with the Hamas-run enclave.
Colonial Pipeline paid the hackers who shut down some of its networks nearly $5 million in ransom, a U.S. official familiar with the matter said Thursday. News of the payment was first reported by Bloomberg. The U.S. official did not say how or when the company paid. Colonial, which operates the country’s largest fuel pipeline, announced it had been hacked Friday. The company announced Wednesday that it was resuming operations.
Ireland’s state health services provider has shut all its IT systems and canceled some medical appointments after what it described as a “significant ransomware attack” overnight caused widespread disruption. The attack has affected national and local systems that provide core services, but not Covid-19 vaccinations or ambulance services. Several hospitals canceled outpatient visits or urged patients with appointments not to attend.
Ukrainian officials have opened a synagogue at Babyn Yar near Kyiv – a place where the Nazis murdered nearly 34,000 Jews in World War Two. Babyn Yar was a ravine where Jews from Kyiv were lined up and shot dead by the invading Germans over two days in 1941. The death toll rose above 100,000 over the next two years as Hitler’s Nazi SS murdered more Jews there, along with Roma (Gypsies) and Soviet prisoners.