[Fox News] Frontier fallout as 750K customers’ data exposed in RansomHub cyberattack

U.S. telecommunications company Frontier has experienced a serious data security breach that compromised the personal information of a significant number of its customers. The company confirmed that a security incident resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of full names and Social Security numbers belonging to more than 750,000 individuals. Frontier is currently notifying affected customers and has reported the incident to the appropriate regulatory authorities.

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Frontier Communications is warning 750,000 customers that their information was exposed in a data breach. “On April 14, 2024, we detected unauthorized access to some of our internal IT systems. Our investigation identified your personal information among the data affected by this incident,” the telco wrote in a notification sent to affected customers.

The sample of the notice submitted to the Office of the Maine Attorney General has censored the types of data exposed in this incident. However, full names and Social Security numbers were confirmed as breached for 751,895 customers, according to a Bleeping Computer report. Frontier assures that no customer financial information was exposed due to this breach.

Frontier believes it contained the data breach shortly after the attack and restored normal business operations. However, the security incident forced the company to partially shut down some systems to prevent the threat actors from laterally moving through the network, which also led to some operational disruptions.

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Frontier hasn’t disclosed the exact cause of the data breach, but it confirmed a cybercrime group was behind it. “Based on the Company’s investigation, it has determined that the third party was likely a cybercrime group, which gained access to, among other information, personally identifiable information,” the telco wrote in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Frontier hasn’t officially named the cybercrime group responsible for the attack. However, it’s worth noting that the RansomHub extortion group claimed responsibility for the attack this month, June 4, raising suspicion about the timing of Frontier’s data breach notification.

RansomHub says they hacked Frontier and stole data on 2 million customers. This data reportedly includes personal info like names, addresses, birthdays, Social Security numbers, email addresses and even details about your Frontier service. RansomHub put Frontier’s name on their dark web extortion site and gave the company a deadline to meet their ransom demands. If Frontier doesn’t respond to their demands, RansomHub says they’ll sell the stolen data to the highest bidder.

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Frontier says it responded swiftly to the cyberattack. It brought in leading cybersecurity experts to investigate and contain the breach while also fortifying its network defenses to prevent future intrusions. Law enforcement and regulators were notified.

The telecom giant is providing affected customers with free credit monitoring and identity theft resolution for one year. While Frontier mentions a deadline to enroll, it hasn’t specified the date. Act promptly to ensure you’re covered.

We reached out to Frontier for a comment but had not heard back by our deadline.

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If you suspect you’ve been affected by this data breach, follow these steps to protect your personal data and privacy.

1) Invest in identity theft protection: If you think your personal data has been leaked, scammers may try to impersonate you to gain access to your private information. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from this type of fraud is to subscribe to an identity theft service. If you’re eligible, take the free Kroll subscription Frontier is offering.

Identity theft companies can monitor personal information like your Social Security number, phone number and email address and alert you if it is being sold on the dark web or being used to open an account. They can also assist you in freezing your bank and credit card accounts to prevent further unauthorized use by criminals. See my tips and best picks on how to protect yourself from identity theft.

2) Place a fraud alert: Contact one of the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian or TransUnion) and request a fraud alert to be placed on your credit file. This will make it more difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in your name without verification.

3) Be cautious of phishing attempts: Be vigilant about emails, phone calls or messages from unknown sources asking for personal information. Avoid clicking on suspicious links or providing sensitive details unless you can verify the legitimacy of the request.

The best way to protect yourself from clicking malicious links that install malware that may get access to your private information is to have antivirus protection installed on all your devices. This can also alert you of any phishing emails or ransomware scams. Get my picks for the best 2024 antivirus protection winners for your Windows, Mac, Android & iOS devices.

4) Check Social Security benefits: It is crucial to periodically check your Social Security benefits to ensure they have not been tampered with or altered in any way, safeguarding your financial security and preventing potential fraud.

5) Invest in personal data removal services: While no service promises to remove all your data from the internet, having a removal service is great if you want to constantly monitor and automate the process of removing your information from hundreds of sites continuously over a longer period of time. Remove your personal data from the internet with my top picks here.

6) Change your password: You can render a stolen password useless to thieves simply by changing it. Opt for a strong password, one that you don’t use elsewhere. Even better, consider letting a password manager generate one for you.

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Frontier says it is fortifying its systems to prevent the incident from happening again. While I appreciate the company’s steps to make things right, this incident shouldn’t have occurred in the first place, especially if customers are entrusting it with sensitive information. Frequent data breaches suggest a worrying gap in cybersecurity preparedness among large tech companies. You, as customers, must stay aware when sharing sensitive information and avoid any phishing attempts from scammers.

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[Fox News] Ready to unleash your inner maverick with thrilling Airwolf hoverbike

Can you imagine soaring through the skies like a modern-day Maverick, leaving the constraints of the road behind? Well, get ready to unleash your inner daredevil because the UDX Airwolf hoverbike could soon make that dream a reality.

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The UDX Airwolf hoverbike is no ordinary quadcopter. We’re talking about a 430-hp eVTOL motorcycle-esque vehicle that seats two and features “hummingbird-like” agility. It has four fan units that can tilt independently. With a weight of 639 pounds, the Airwolf promises a 0-60 mph acceleration in just three seconds and a blistering top speed of 142 mph.

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To fly the UDX Airwolf, you’ll need a sports pilot license in the U.S., which requires 20 hours of flight training (five of which can be solo) and passing a couple of tests. While not as expensive as a private pilot license, the real barrier to entry is the Airwolf’s price tag of $350,000, a sum that only the well-heeled can afford.

We reached out to UDX, and the company’s CEO, Jiri Madeja, tells us, “Lately, we’ve seen a huge spike in excitement around our Airwolf and other VTOLs, and it’s honestly so rewarding. It’s a dream come true for us to finally have the technology to make these machines a reality. Big thanks to CyberGuy, for getting the word out.”

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While the dream is tantalizing, the reality is still in development. UDX has built working prototypes at small and quarter-scale, incorporating the thrust-vectoring propulsion system. These prototypes demonstrate reasonable stability and agility in flight testing, but a production-ready model is still a few years off.

However, with battery and electric motor technology advancing rapidly, these compact personal eVTOLs are no longer just retro-futurist dreams; they’re already here, albeit expensive and in small numbers. Some are pitched as fun machines while others aspire to be practical transport options for commuting, search and rescue operations, or quick responses to accidents.

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While the Airwolf hoverbike may seem like a pipe dream, it represents the cutting edge of personal aviation technology. As battery and electric motor advancements continue, we may see these compact eVTOLs become more accessible and practical. For now, the Airwolf offers a tantalizing glimpse into a future where we can unleash our inner mavericks and take to the skies with the freedom and exhilaration of a fighter pilot.

If the UDX Airwolf hoverbike becomes available in the future, would you dare to take flight on it and experience it firsthand? Why or why not? Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact.

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