From: Craig Phillips <>

Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 10:52 AM


Subject: Cocktail Talk - London Calling



Cocktail Talk


July 2014

Cocktail Talk

Dear Craig:   

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 - London Calling 


London Calling - The Clash, is arguably the most important album in Punk Rock history. But Arizona calling is the reason behind this month's Cocktail Talk.


You see, I've been getting calls from Arizona for months, a lot of calls. Same number, no Caller ID, no voice mail, just "Arizona". You know how that goes.


Then I'm trying to work out a little something in Arizona and it's like I'm Lost in the Supermarket. I get a call from 1 (623) 594-7463 "Arizona" and let it go to voice mail. Then another call, and another call, and another all from the 1 (623) 594-7463 "Arizona" number.  Now I'm Jimmy Jazz and I call the number, only to hear this:


"If you have received a call from this phone number please do not provide any information to the caller. Our company did not call  you .Our company phone number was hijacked by scammers. This is called Spoofing or Ghosting. It is a form of identity theft and we have reported the crime to the FCC. We have set up an additional line to  make sure that anyone who calls is made aware of the situation. We were forced to change our phone number because of this crime. So if you are a customer or professional  associate off (company name) please contact us our new number (company number)."


A quick Google search confirmed scammers calling from the hijacked 1 (623) 594-7463 "Arizona" number are phishing for our personal banking information.  People are much to smart to fall for that, but they still try to Wrong 'em Boyo.


But there's another phone scam you can fall victim to. One that you might not even know about. One that uses your office phone, and you don't have to answer, and you can't even hang up, or block the incoming number.


Some people have fancy office phone systems, the type where you can call your main number while you're out and press a button during the greeting to be taken to a menu that let's you do things like check voice mail or make a conference or other call. All you need to get from your phone number to that menu is what button to push and the password. The Right Profile.


The problem is that after getting their shiny new phone system many companies tend to leave the password set as the default, for some reason they won't Clampdown, and the default passwords for almost everything are in the User Manuals on the internet.


Death or Glory I look up the default password for a popular phone system (it isn't Revolution Rock) and call some popular companies, like Koka Kola, pressing * during the greeting and then press 1111 at the prompt to gain access. 


I'm Not Down with it but I could then sell the information to people who want to call London, Arizona, India, China, Afghanistan or even just 900 numbers. I get paid, Lover's Rock, and someone getting a huge phone bill becomes Hateful



London Calling, or Arizona, * 1111, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.





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