MI6 Hacks Online Al-Qaeda Magazine Swapping Bomb Recipes For Cupcake Recipes

Photo: Joy (CC)

Photo: Joy (CC)

This is quite a sweet hack. The Telegraph reports:

The cyber-warfare operation was launched by MI6 and GCHQ in an attempt to disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular to recruit “lone-wolf” terrorists with a new English-language magazine, the Daily Telegraph understands.

When followers tried to download the 67-page colour magazine, instead of instructions about how to “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” by “The AQ Chef” they were greeted with garbled computer code.

The code, which had been inserted into the original magazine by the British intelligence hackers, was actually a web page of recipes for “The Best Cupcakes in America” published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show.

Written by Dulcy Israel and produced by Main Street Cupcakes in Hudson, Ohio, it said “the little cupcake is big again” adding: “Self-contained and satisfying, it summons memories of childhood even as it’s updated for today’s sweet-toothed hipsters.”

It included a recipe for the Mojito Cupcake – “made of white rum cake and draped in vanilla buttercream”- and the Rocky Road Cupcake – “warning: sugar rush ahead!”

[Continues at The Telegraph]

10 Comments on "MI6 Hacks Online Al-Qaeda Magazine Swapping Bomb Recipes For Cupcake Recipes"

  1. Hah!

  2. Hah!

  3. OK…I have to admit…annoying Western powers aside…that is one classy way to hack a terrorist site. I gotta wonder if they have a half baked hippie in the mix somewhere.

  4. OK…I have to admit…annoying Western powers aside…that is one classy way to hack a terrorist site. I gotta wonder if they have a half baked hippie in the mix somewhere.

    • Hadrian999 | Jun 5, 2011 at 12:41 am |

      too bad it wasted an opportunity, in intelligence once you identify an enemy operation you don’t want to shut it down, you want to subvert it to your own ends, the smarter move would have been to redirect to a site that had the bomb info for download with added spyware for their pc

  5. Anonymous | Jun 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm |

    Actual article: The best nitroglycerin based toppings for your explosive cupcakes! Tastes great!

  6. Actual article: The best nitroglycerin based toppings for your explosive cupcakes! Tastes great!

  7. Hadrian999 | Jun 5, 2011 at 4:41 am |

    too bad it wasted an opportunity, in intelligence once you identify an enemy operation you don’t want to shut it down, you want to subvert it to your own ends, the smarter move would have been to redirect to a site that had the bomb info for download with added spyware for their pc

  8. O. Spengler | Jun 5, 2011 at 6:32 am |

    Ellen DeGeneres should sue MI6 for copyright infringement.

  9. O. Spengler | Jun 5, 2011 at 2:32 am |

    Ellen DeGeneres should sue MI6 for copyright infringement.

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