From: Craig Phillips <>

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Subject: Cocktail Talk - Dove's Trojan Horse Virus



Cocktail Talk


December 2013

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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Cocktail Talk December 2011 - Christmas Shots talked about photo editing software that was used to pretty up my picture for the company website (


That picture is now two years old and needs to  be replaced and when it is, it will be "beautified" using the same software as the last time. I want red eye reduction, color instead of winter pale, the fatigue lifted, and all the rest. 


I'm not doing this for Christian Mingle, it's for the company website and in case you don't know what I already know - nobody is going to hire me based on my looks. Unless maybe they want to feel better about themselves and if you do please contact me through the website (


There isn't a man (who knows what's good for him) or woman alive that would disagree with the statement "All women are beautiful.". Dove agrees. Dove celebrates real beauty, not photo-shop, airbrushed, or balloon padded Victoria's Secret beauty, and they're doing something about it. With a computer Trojan Horse Virus.


Yep, Dove has launched  a Trojan Horse Virus attack on people who want to "beautify" the already beautiful. The Trojan Horse would also attack me, the not already beautiful, call it collateral damage, acceptable losses, or Dove hates me.


What they did was create a Photoshop Action that people could download for free and said it would add a healthy skin glow to images. They made it a "zip" file so anti-virus software would not detect the real payload, which is a virus that undoes all the edits made prior to running it. Imagine the poor advertising person who spends hours getting an image just right and wants to finish it with a healthy glow. One click and, KABOOM!


It's all in good fun though, Dove doesn't mean any harm, they're just sending a message. Why? Why did Alice Cooper put flammable panties in his album jackets? In any case the change that makes the changes undone can be  undone. It says so right in this video, it's only about a minute and a half.  


Dove: Thought Before Action

Dove: Thought Before Action


Maybe Dove's campaign will get some people to come around, let's just hope that Victoria's Secret doesn't start celebrating real beauty by selling exploding bras.



Be beautiful, be real, or not, that's your call, but don't stand too close to me Victoria, and that's Cocktail Talk.




Thank you for reading,



Craig Phillips

CN Consulting, Inc.



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