May 18, 2024

Texas-based Frontier Communications, which gives native residential and enterprise telecom providers in 25 states, has shut down its operations within the wake of a cyberattack that resulted within the theft of personally identifiable data (PII).

The breach occurred 4 days in the past on April 14, when it detected a breach by an unauthorized third get together who had gained entry to “parts of its data know-how atmosphere,” in accordance with an incident submitting with the US Securities & Trade Fee (SEC).

As a part of its containment efforts, Frontier took “sure of the corporate’s methods [offline, which] resulted in an operational disruption that might be thought-about materials.” It reported that whereas its core IT atmosphere is up and working, regular enterprise operations have but to renew; and as of this writing, the telco’s web site was nonetheless offline.

Frontier did not disclose what PII the cyberattacker accessed or who’s affected, nor the suspected nature of the adversary. Telecom corporations are a preferred goal for each financially motivated attackers in addition to superior persistent threats (APT), given the wealthy knowledge repositories they maintain. As an illustration, the Sandman APT was behind a prolific string of assaults final fall bent on stealing call-data information, cellular subscriber id knowledge, and metadata from provider networks.

“The corporate continues to analyze the incident, has engaged cybersecurity consultants, and has notified regulation enforcement authorities,” in accordance with the SEC filing. “The corporate doesn’t consider the incident in all fairness prone to materially impression the corporate’s monetary situation or outcomes of operations.”