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MI6 cooks up problems for Qaeda website

British spies hacked into an al-Qaeda website to replace instructions on how to build a bomb with recipes for making cupcakes,newspapers reported.

British spies hacked into an al-Qaeda website to replace instructions on how to build a bomb with recipes for making cupcakes,newspapers reported Friday.

The cyber offensive took place last year when the English language magazine called Inspire was launched by supporters of al-Qaeda 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 saw computer code which actually contained recipes from The Best Cupcakes in America,published by US chat show host Ellen DeGeneres.

The Daily Telegraph reported after the attack the site read: “The little cupcake is big again. Self-contained and satisfying,it summons memories of childhood even as it’s updated for today’s sweet-toothed hipsters.” It included a Mojito cupcake recipe.

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First published on: 04-06-2011 at 00:21 IST
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