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MI6 attacks al-Qaeda in “Operation Cupcake”: British intelligence hacked into an al-Qaeda online magazine and replaced bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes


al-Qaeda cupcakeWouldn’t it have made better sense to just remove or substitute an ingredient? That way, if a professional terrorist stuck his big snout into it, the subterfuge wouldn’t last, but at a glance the recipe would appear to be normal.

It would be remarkably less British, however.

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.


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