Skip to comments.UK spies hack al-Qaida, replace bomb info with cupcake recipes
Posted on 06/29/2011 7:29:37 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
MI6 targets English language magazine aimed at Western Muslims
LONDON (Reuters Life!) - British spies hacked into an al-Qaida website to replace instructions on how to build a bomb with recipes for making cupcakes, newspapers reported on Friday.
The cyber offensive took place last year when the English language magazine called Inspire, aimed at Muslims in the West, was launched by supporters of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
British intelligence officers based at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the state eavesdropping service, attacked the 67-page magazine, leaving most of it garbled, British newspapers said.
Instead of being able to read how to "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom," readers were greeted with computer code which actually contained recipes from The Best Cupcakes in America, published by U.S. chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.
The Washington Post reported that the British action followed a dispute between the CIA and the newly formed U.S. Cyber Command.
The cyber unit had wanted to block the al Qaeda magazine but the CIA, which had countered such an attack would expose sources and intelligence methods, won the debate and declined to allow an attack on Inspire.
The paper reported that it took almost two weeks for AQAP to post a corrected version of the magazine after it had been sabotaged.
A British security source said the Post's report was accurate but could not confirm
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I'd prefer they give them a recipe that would cause them to blow themselves up.
“But of course. I am inwincible.”
Not a ping.
See what happens when they try to make cup cakes!
>> The Best Cupcakes in America, published by U.S. chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.
I guess the recipe for roasted pork chops was quickly taken off the table.
Mmmm! Ice Cream Bombe.
Well, the British have not lost their dry sense of humor.
Why, that looks like Sir Harry Pearce, of MI-5, my favorite show on TV. But they seem to be killing off their spooks one at a time. What’s up with that?
Sprinkle with arsenic to taste.
good idea, but I’d be happy to give them a recipe for a s### sandwich, too
Ha! That’s brilliant!
What I wouldn’t give for a double chocolate hazelnut bomb!
chocolate hazelnut that is.
That’s almost obscene!
I love it!
Gives a whole new meaning to “Death by Chocolate.”
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