Hacker says he gained access to airline flight control systems; Frontier boosts Ohio broadband footprint

More wireline telecom news from across the Web:

> A cybersecurity consultant said he has hacked into in-flight entertainment systems 20 times while aboard commercial aircraft, and managed to hack into aircraft systems on one occasion. Story

> Verizon says it has patched a security flaw that may have exposed the personal information of 9 million customers. Story

> Frontier said it has invested $199.4 million of its own capital and $3 million in Connect America funds in Ohio, increasing broadband availability from 68 percent to 88 percent of households in the state. Story

> Level 3 is well positioned for growth and could see shares climb 20 percent in the next year, Barrons says. Story

> Alcatel-Lucent CEO Tim Krause said its international success depends greatly on how well it adapts to the cultures of the countries it enters. Story

> Sckipio will integrate its G.fast solution with iPhotonix's NFV platform, the iPhotonix Virtual Network. Release

> Zacks cut its rating of Zayo Group from "buy" to "hold" following its earnings report. Story

> Despite passing on FireEye, could Cisco acquire other cybersecurity-related firms? Story

> Brodsky & Smith says it is investigating AOL's board of directors for breaches of state law or "fiduciary duty" around the sale of the company to Verizon. Release

> Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are increasingly adopting cloud services for SaaS, storage, and business applications, among others, with the market forecast to reach $34.9 billion by 2018. Release

> Middleware provider Enea announced multiple ARM-based reference implementations of the OPNFV software, with an eye toward being a leading provider of software to Carrier Grade Open Source Network Operating System providers. Release

> StarTek is acquiring contact center provider Accent in a transaction to be financed through StarTek's new $50 million revolving credit facility with BMO Harris Bank. Release

And finally… Why Windstream's stock dropped 15 percent after its first-quarter earnings report. Story