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Subject: Cocktail Talk - FBI - Doomsday


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Cocktail Talk


July 2012

Cocktail Talk


Welcome to CN Consulting's "Cocktail Talk".


Cocktail Talk is a casual monthly newsletter intended to arm you with amusing bits and bytes of information on whats happening in the computer world. Topics sure to break the ice and capture an audience at many a social or business event.


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Currently, on Cocktail Talk -  FBI Warning - Doomsday


Cocktail TalkScrew the Mayans, the FBI says the end of the world is July 9th and they mean it this time.


Back in October, the FBI announced "the biggest cyber criminal takedown in history." when they caught an international crime ring that had hijacked more than 4 million computers in 100 countries.


"Operation Ghost Click" (ah the FBI) put an end to the scheme but the FBI then ran into the age old problem so many teens realize on Prom Night; now that you have it, what are you going to do with it?


The hijacking, perpetrated by six Estonians*, changed the internet settings of the computers it infected to deliver search results they wanted instead of Google or Bing's. Results made up of sites that had paid them, over $14M, to be ranked high when people searched for goods and services. 


The Estonians had created their own DNS Servers, and using malware known as DNSChanger, redirected infected computers to them. DNS (Domain Naming System) Servers translate Domain Names into IP Addresses. For instance; instead of typing into your browser you can type The DNS Servers used by your PC translate into for you. More information on how DNSChanger works, and Operation Ghost Click is available from the FBI website at


Passionately the FBI planned to go all the way and shut the DNS Servers down on March 8, 2012.  But then what? 4 million PCs unable to search the internet? They decided to wait, and will down the rogue DNS Servers on July 9, 2012; doomsday.


Doomsday is just around the corner, the clock is ticking, and if you don't have protection you could be in big trouble. You can start by going to to get tested for DNSChanger.


If you're currently experiencing a higher level of concern over the consequences of your actions you can go to the Portal page of and get some free protection. You can find "Housecall" and "MalwareBytes" there. 


Housecall is a cloud based virus scan from Trend Micro. Housecall will install a little link on your PC that runs a scan from the internet on demand. It is free, and works quite well. Housecall is not protection, it is a type of Plan B, it will tell you if you are infected and help you deal with it. MalwareBytes is also free, and also Plan B. Paid versions of both, with real-time protection, are available.


The Portal page at also has a link to a free version of AVG Antivirus which will give you real-time protection. AVG also has paid versions that bring even more to the party.




Get tested, use protection, go Plan B, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.



 * Estonia is North of Latvia. Which means absolutely nothing, but Latvia is fun to say.





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