Operation Cupcake: British Intelligence Agency MI6 Replaces al-Qaeda Bomb-Making Instructions with Cupcake Recipes
Ah, those Brits and their sense of humor. Or should I say humour? In any case, this is another one of those “you can’t make this shit up” stories. According to the Washington Post, MI6, the vaunted British intelligence agency, recently launched ‘Operation Cupcake,’ in which hackers replaced bomb-making instructions on al-Qaeda’s online English-language magazine (yeah, they’ve got one) with cupcake recipes.
The original article, which was titled “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” and written by the “AQ Chef” (like I said, you can’t make this shit up), appeared in a recent edition of Inspire magazine. But after MI6 hackers were done, would-be jihadist bombers instead found themselves looking at “garbled code” of what turned out to be recipes from American talk show host Ellen Degeneres’ Main Street Cupcakes “Best Cupcakes in America.” If not pipe bombs, at least al-Qaeda cooks could enjoy mojito, carmel apple and rocky road-flavored cupcakes.
The only thing the pipe bomb instructions and the cupcake recipes had in common, the Post points out, is that both actually use sugar as an ingredient.
The Post reports that the Brits beat their American counterparts, who were too fretful about having their sources exposed, to the anti- al-Qaeda cyber punch. And while al-Qaeda has recovered from the hack attack and put out four additional editions of Inspire, MI6 says the terror group can look forward to more attacks on the site in the future.
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