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UK spies hack al-Qaida, replace bomb info with cupcake recipes
msnbc ^ | 6/3/2011

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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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaidahack; cupcakes; mi6; napl

1 posted on 06/29/2011 7:29:45 PM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Ha! Nice work.

I'd prefer they give them a recipe that would cause them to blow themselves up.

2 posted on 06/29/2011 7:38:02 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
Section D!


3 posted on 06/29/2011 7:42:13 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

“But of course. I am inwincible.”

4 posted on 06/29/2011 7:50:55 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Slings and Arrows

Not a ping.


5 posted on 06/29/2011 7:52:10 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- mission accomplished)
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To: Bad~Rodeo
I just hope they don't take Pinkie Pie's recipe for cupcakes, those sick bastards will try it out!!!

http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/photos/images/small/000/123/892/9804%20-%20caption%20crazy%20creepy%20meme%20pinkamena_diane_pie%20pinkie_pie.png?1305557393

No seriously, their are some Sick people out their who think this stuff up!

6 posted on 06/29/2011 7:52:32 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If Sarah can't be elected in 2012, then Phase II will fall into place, may G-D have mercy on us all)
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To: smokingfrog

See what happens when they try to make cup cakes!


7 posted on 06/29/2011 7:53:54 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

>> 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.


8 posted on 06/29/2011 8:07:29 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Mmmm! Ice Cream Bombe.

9 posted on 06/29/2011 8:28:13 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Squawk 8888; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
They go great with those 72 white raisins!


10 posted on 06/29/2011 8:28:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
I wonder if they would like my recipe for a hemlock salad with a tangy oleander vinaigrette.
11 posted on 06/29/2011 8:46:04 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Non plaudite. Modo pecuniam jacite)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

Well, the British have not lost their dry sense of humor.


12 posted on 06/29/2011 9:00:22 PM PDT by moovova (That laser-like focus was just a sharp stick in the eye.)
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To: Oztrich Boy

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?


13 posted on 06/29/2011 9:01:09 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Sprinkle with arsenic to taste.


14 posted on 06/29/2011 9:20:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: smokingfrog

good idea, but I’d be happy to give them a recipe for a s### sandwich, too


15 posted on 06/29/2011 10:08:48 PM PDT by Enchante (May 1, 2011: Death to Bin Laden, Death to Bin Laden..... al Zawahiri is next!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ha! That’s brilliant!

What I wouldn’t give for a double chocolate hazelnut bomb!


16 posted on 06/30/2011 12:28:29 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery will always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: dixiechick2000
Here's a single chocolate bombe -- cover it with chocolate bar shavings for double chocolate
17 posted on 06/30/2011 12:39:31 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: dixiechick2000

chocolate hazelnut that is.


18 posted on 06/30/2011 12:40:08 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

That’s almost obscene!

I love it!


19 posted on 06/30/2011 12:42:23 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery will always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: dixiechick2000

Gives a whole new meaning to “Death by Chocolate.”


20 posted on 06/30/2011 1:06:14 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Ax

I dont really keep up with the show - but it sounds realistic to me. Counter-espionage is not a safe profession. :)


21 posted on 06/30/2011 1:41:58 AM PDT by Vanders9
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To: Bad~Rodeo
I can think of at least one former OSS agent who would have like this idea.

22 posted on 06/30/2011 4:04:15 AM PDT by jmcenanly ( "We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his superiority whenever we lie to him." -Samuel)
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To: Bad~Rodeo

TTIWWOCCR!

(This Thread Is Worthless With Out Cup Cake Recipes!)


23 posted on 06/30/2011 8:38:06 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Slings and Arrows

And, what a good whole new meaning it is! lol


24 posted on 07/01/2011 12:07:10 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery will always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: smokingfrog

Yes, it would have been smarter to put up very simlar but slightly incorrect instructions that would lead to the construction of duds that could never go off. It might have taken the terrorists a long time to figure out something was wrong with their online instructions.


25 posted on 07/01/2011 12:21:05 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan AtkNtinson)
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To: dixiechick2000

Chocolate is good. Period.


26 posted on 07/01/2011 12:29:53 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

We are the only planet that has chocolate, so we must save the world.


27 posted on 07/01/2011 12:32:43 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery will always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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