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U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile said Thursday that an unidentified malicious intruder breached its network in late November and stole data on 37 million customers, including addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth. | Michael Dwyer/AP

The U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile said Thursday that an unidentified malicious intruder breached its network in late November and stole data on 37 million customers, including addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth.

T-Mobile said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the breach was discovered Jan. 5. It said the data exposed to theft — based on its investigation to date — did not include passwords or PINs, bank account or credit card information, Social Security numbers or other government IDs.

“Our investigation is still ongoing, but the malicious activity appears to be fully contained at this time,” T-Mobile said, with no evidence the intruder was able to breach the company’s network. It said the data was first accessed on or around Nov. 25.

T-Mobile said it has notified law enforcement and federal agencies, which it did not name. It did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

The company has been hacked multiple times in recent years. In its filing, T-Mobile said it did not expect the latest breach to have material impact on its operations. But a senior analyst for Moody’s Investors Service, Neil Mack, said in a statement that the breach raises questions about management’s cyber governance and could alienate customers and attract scrutiny by the Federal Communications Commission and other regulators.

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BACC Winners

The 2022 BACC Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship Award Recipients were, from left: Alejandra Vega, Jack Hayden, Tyler Groom, Maiya Foster, Kaelyn Deacon and Lily Dale. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Kaleb Koch, Annika Llerena and Josh Wickstrom. (Courtesy of Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce)

Submitted by Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce

Applications for the 2023 Lauren Brown Memorial Scholarship are now available from the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) at www.BarringtonChamber.com, or through the chamber office at 190 E. James St., in Barrington. Eligible students must be from the Barrington area, or the student of an employee of a chamber member business.

BACC awards the scholarships each spring to local high school students pursuing higher education through a university, community college or vocational/trade certification program. Scholarships range from $500 to $1,500. There are no restrictions regarding race, religion, nationality, gender or physical ability.

To be eligible, the completed application and all supporting documents must be received no later than March 15. All supporting documents should be single-sided. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. Please return the complete package to: Scholarship Committee, BACC, 190 E. James St., Barrington, IL 60010. For information, call (847) 381-2525.

Only completed applications with required information will qualify for consideration. The scholarship is not based on financial need. The award recipient will be notified no later than April 12. The scholarship award will be made out directly to the recipient with documented acceptance at their school of choice. Award recipients will be asked to attend an April 27 lunch at Biltmore Country Club in their honor and must be willing to have their name and photo used for publicity purposes.

The scholarship is named after Lauren Brown, who worked for the chamber for several years and lost her battle with cancer at the age of 29.

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Leah Collister-Lazzari

Leah Collister-Lazzari

A Cook County electoral board opened hearings Thursday on challenges to the nominating paperwork of two candidates for the Barrington Area Unit District 220 board.

Barrington resident Timothy O’Donnell filed the challenges to the candidacies of incumbent board member Leah Collister-Lazzari and newcomer Diana L. Clopton.

O’Donnell, who described himself as a concerned citizen, said both candidates’ statements of economic interests were faulty.

The electoral board assigned all matters, including the District 220 case and other challenges, to hearing officers, who will conduct evidentiary hearings before making recommendations to the electoral board.

The board will meet again on Jan. 12 to assign additional cases for status updates and then on Jan. 18, when rulings will begin to be issued.

Collister-Lazzari declined to comment Thursday. Clopton could not be reached for comment.

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Crabtree New Years

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“Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Do not leave mail in your mailbox overnight. Ask a trusted friend or neighbor to pick up your mail if you are expecting checks, credit cards, or other negotiable items.

Please contact the issuing agency immediately if you are expecting and do not receive a check or other valuable mail.

Bank online. If possible, please refrain from mailing checks, cash, gift cards, or other negotiable items. Check with your bank’s online services, as most offer secure and easy-to-use phone apps.

If you must send a check in the mail, use a gel pen to write checks, as ballpoint pen ink can be easily washed off a check.

Monitor bank activity online and review bank statements as soon as they are received to check for discrepancies

Drop off mail at the post office. Take mail containing checks directly to the post office counter to be mailed and record the names of the postal employees who take the check in case an issue arises later.

Use plain white envelopes to mail checks. Please don’t use return envelopes with the utility logo or municipality for tax payments. These tend to be easy targets for thieves.

Do not send cash in the mail.

Tell your Post Office when you will be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

Lastly, if you see something, say something. Be sure to call 911 if suspicious activity is near any mailbox.”

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Related: Police warn residents about high number of recent mail theft incidents in Chicago suburbs

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Merry Christmas!

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BH Snow

Despite the fact that only 1.4 inches of snowfall were reported in Barrington Hills yesterday morning, roads remain slick throughout our Village this morning.  County maintained roads are among the “best” when it comes to driving conditions, but Village maintained roads are mostly covered with tight packed snow and pose the most risk to drivers.

Please be cautious when running your last-minute Christmas errands today!

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Due to a high number of recent mail-theft incidents in neighboring communities, as well as other Chicago suburbs, the Barrington Hills Police Department warns residents to protect their mail and lower their risk of becoming mail-theft victims with the following tips.

  • Retrieve mail promptly after delivery and always avoid leaving mail in mailboxes overnight
  • Never mail cash or financial instruments, including checks and gift cards
  • Consider the installation of a locking mailbox or utilize a post office box
  • Use letter slots inside the Post Office or hand outgoing mail to a letter carrier instead of using blue collection boxes and roadside mailboxes
  • Utilize the Postal Service’s free Hold Mail Service when traveling
  • Signup for Informed Delivery to know what mail will be delivered each day

Residents are also reminded to make use of the Department’s House Watch program if traveling during the holidays and can request this service via the BHPD website

Please remember to always promptly report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.

Thank you and happy holidays,

BHPD

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Rail Repair

The Village of Barrington issued their latest Main Street traffic alert yesterday:

“On Wednesday, December 7, 2022 starting at 9:00 AM, the Union Pacific Railroad will be repairing a portion of their rail crossing at Main Street. While the road will remain open during this work, with flaggers on-site to direct traffic around lane closures, it will impact travel times.

Please anticipate delays and plan accordingly. This maintenance work should be completed by the end of day on Wednesday. More comprehensive repairs to this crossing are currently planned to take place in the spring.”

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Give it your best Griswold effort!

One or two strings of lights just won’t cut it. To contend for the Daily Herald’s annual holiday lights contest, you have to think big. We’re talking lights, music, fake snow, candy canes, inflatables, Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, toy soldiers and, well, you get the idea.

Entries will be accepted from Thursday until noon Dec. 9 at events.dailyherald.com. The grand prize winner will be determined by online votes. Voting will start Dec. 11 and end Dec. 14.

The grand prize winner and Editor’s Choice winners from DuPage County, the Fox Valley, Lake County and the Northwest suburbs will appear in the Dec. 21 edition of the Daily Herald.

Entries must be residences within the Daily Herald coverage area. Previous grand prize recipients are ineligible to win again.

The grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card from Ala Carte Entertainment. The Editor’s Choice winners each will receive a $50 Ala Carte Entertainment gift card.

Daily Herald report

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