From: Craig Phillips <cphillips@cnci.us>

Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:13 AM

To: info@cnci.us

Subject: Cocktail Talk - Trolling for Terrorists

 

 

Cocktail Talk

September 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.

 

Cocktail Talk is archived on www.cnci.us

 

Currently, on Cocktail Talk - Trolling for Terrorists

 

Like a Chicago Police Woman dressed as a Hooker and doing the stroll down Elston Avenue, I sometimes have to be the bait to catch the bad guys. It's dangerous, I know, but we fight the good fight.

 

I have multiple PCs, multiple virus protection softwares, multiple email hosts, multiple email accounts, and a wide range of protection (or lack thereof) from spam.

 

What I use at clients, what I introduce into their environment, is  tested safe and uses recognized industry Best Practices. What I dangle as bait is a whole different story.

 

The large anti-virus vendors, AVG, Avast, Trend Micro, Symantec, McAfee, Kaspersky, all have unprotected Servers around the world. These vulnerable Servers are chum, the blood in the water, bait to all the computer hacker terrorists world wide.

 

I evaluate and use these products daily, but I also want a head's up when there's a new shark swimming near my sunny beaches. So I have some email accounts that don't get protected at all, and some that have minimal protection, and I try different protections, so I can see what's in the water.

 

You know at Christmas time there will be a lot of "USPS was unable to deliver..." email based virus attacks. Valentine's Day and Mother's Day there will be a lot of "You have an eCard, download it here..." email based virus attacks. But there's a new twist. 

 

Now the bad guys are using bogus Public Service Announcements pretending to be the good guys and until there's a signature, a pattern or discernible trait, we're going to have to use our own God given grey matter to stay safe.

 

This PSA from the NY City Police even told me what software to use in downloading it's virus payload. Thank you very little.

 

Bulletin Headline: HOMICIDE SUSPECT
Sending Agency: New York City Police
Sending Location: NY - New York - New York City Police Bulletin Case#: 14-68404 Bulletin Author: BARILLAS #7264 Sending User #: 65767 APBnet Version: 768991

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Terrorists rely on fear, and it's not a giant leap to think they'll start faking Amber Alerts, school closings, and emergency emails from the hospital "We've been ring to reach you by phone...", to attack us. We get email 24/365 and sometimes we're not prepared. It's like getting pitched at in the dugout.

 

 

Keep your eye on the ball, your head in the game, don't believe everything you read, no swimming, or not, that's your call, and that's Cocktail Talk.

 

  

 

Thank you for reading,

 

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Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.

 

 

 

 

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