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MI6 Hack Replaces Bombs With Cupcakes

David Gilbert


Inspire Hack Cupcakes

In a rare bit of humour in the on-going battle against Islamic fundamentalists, MI6 has replaced bomb-making instructions with cupcake recipes in an online al-Qaida magazine.

Hackers have been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons, from the cyber-attack on the PlayStation Network to allegedly Chinese-based attack on high-profile Gmail accounts. Now British intelligence officers from MI6 based at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have put hacking skills to good use by disrupting an online jihadist magazine called Inspire, which was started and run by al-Qaida supporters on the Arabian Peninsula. The hackers managed to insert a .pdf file containing beautiful cupcake recipes into the magazine to disrupt the 67-page publication, which included an article entitled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.” When people then attempted to download the Inspire magazine, they just received garbled computer code instead - so not only would they not get info on how to make a bomb but also are left without the recipes for some nice cupcakes.

Inspire Hack Cupcakes

In recent weeks and months, governments have been warning about the heightened risk of cyber-attacks from all parts of the world and the US government has moved to make these attacks recognised as acts of war, indicating just how seriously they are taking this threat. This hack however took place a year ago and has only been revealed apparently as a piece of propaganda. While the British government hackers managed to disrupt one edition of the magazine, there have been four more issued published since, with intelligence officers continuing to monitor the content.

While disrupting the publication of a jihadist magazine may be seen as a way of preventing the dissemination of information, there is a much larger threat out there. Lieutenant General Rhett Hernandez, head of the US army's cyber command at a conference in London this week said a “world-class cyber warrior force" was being built up, and it is this that governments around the world will be really worried about.

Via: Guardian

Sam Wright

June 3, 2011, 7:08 pm

This is the best news story I've seen in a long time. The cake is a brilliant touch.


June 3, 2011, 7:25 pm

Nice bit of PR there for our otherwise rather sinister security services. I'm all for our authorities becoming more advanced and active with "cyber"-operations... just as long as they're directed at genuine threats like this, rather than aimed at censoring critics or doing favours for whoever our government wants to do business with.

Sam Sams

June 3, 2011, 10:16 pm

Have they gone stark staring bonkers? Cup cakes (suitable laced with poison or bacteria) are potentially FAR FAR more dangerous than blow-yourself-up bombers. They seriously do NOT want to put the idea of cup cakes into the minds of these people.


June 4, 2011, 10:01 pm

Sorry folks but this is a load of Sandra Bullocks!

How many websites are there on the WWW with such info?

Indeed, NASA's website tells you how to make home-made rockets (i.e. missile to terrorists).

Indeed there is info on Wikipedia on the basics of nuclear bomb making!!

As you can see from the Iranian experience it requires a lot more than a manual to make one!!!

Also as you can see from the Chernobyl and now the Fukushima even the peaceful uses are fraught with enormous problems.

It's a story for the Daily Moron readers!!!


June 6, 2011, 3:58 pm

I happen to be searching for further info on an unrelated news story when I inadvertently happened on this U-tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dU84osfJjE

That is an awful lot of potential 'Terrorists' and boy our security people are failing given that we ONLY have less 100,000 in prison and pitiful few Control Orders!

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