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MI6 hackers replace bomb recipes with cake recipes

MI6 hackers replace bomb recipes with cake recipes

Cyber-warfare is being waged by British intelligence services against terrorism.

Bomb recipes in an al-Qaeda magazine have been replaced with cake recipes by MI6 hackers. Instead of instructions for making explosives, prospective terrorists were instead presented with a web page for the 'Best Cupcakes in America'.

The Telegraph reports that the original magazine featured instructions for making a pipe bomb out of sugar and included articles by Osama bin Laden and his deputy, along with a piece titled 'What to expect in Jihad.'

The 67-page colour magazine is produced by Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical preacher and his associate Samir Khan of North Carolina, both thought to be in Yemen and connected to known terrorists. US government officials say 'the packaging of this magazine may be slick, but the contents are as vile as the authors.'

This hack formed part of a cyber-warfare operation launched by MI6 and GCHQ intended to disrupt al-Qaeda attempts to recruit individual terrorists. British intelligence is allegedly continuing to target the online publishers of the magazine as it is considered a powerful propaganda tool.

Former CIA analyst, Bruce Reidel, said the magazine 'was clearly intended for the aspiring jihadist in the US or UK.'

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Volund 3rd June 2011, 14:45 Quote
Wrong link Joe :P
FelixTech 3rd June 2011, 14:49 Quote
Why didn't they go for an all out troll and put in an article discussing orthodox Judaism/Christianity/Catholicism in there? :P
WarrenJ 3rd June 2011, 14:56 Quote
Should have been a cheesecake recipe. If it was, there would now be world piece. (forgive the pun)
r3loaded 3rd June 2011, 15:26 Quote
Wow, so there are talented men and women in MI6 who get paid to hack into and troll Al-Qaeda?

/me re-evaluates career plans :)
Sentinel-R1 3rd June 2011, 15:34 Quote
This is full of win :)
talladega 3rd June 2011, 16:17 Quote
trololololololol
;)
Waynio 3rd June 2011, 16:41 Quote
Way too awesome & funny, absolutely love it .

To be honest they should try making some sweet cup cakes :D, might sweeten them up a bit ;).
OCJunkie 3rd June 2011, 18:01 Quote
Lmao absolutely epic!

I'm so in the wrong business...
BitJKar 3rd June 2011, 18:36 Quote
Cake recipes, which are of course a lie. =9

GO FREEDOM!
confusis 3rd June 2011, 23:11 Quote
Good to see someone has a sense of humour :)
thehippoz 3rd June 2011, 23:59 Quote
=]
GravitySmacked 4th June 2011, 00:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Volund
Wrong link Joe :P

I'm thinking the same, unless I'm missing something due to being very, very drunk :D
Waynio 4th June 2011, 00:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by GravitySmacked
I'm thinking the same, unless I'm missing something due to being very, very drunk :D

It is indeed the wrong link on this page.

Heres the right link ;).
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2011/06/03/mi6-hackers-replace-bomb-recipes-with-cake/1?tcs=nl

Still loving this news lol :D. I like to think this made terrorists laugh too .
Lenderz 4th June 2011, 01:28 Quote
Makes you proud to be British. :)

Next they need to teach the Afghan National Army a silly walk.
Waynio 4th June 2011, 01:31 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lenderz
Makes you proud to be British. :)

Next they need to teach the Afghan National Army a silly walk.

:) That would be cool :).
jhanlon303 4th June 2011, 04:00 Quote
I've written come crazy stuff for the US DOD over the years but this has had me laffing ALL day!!
jhanlon303 4th June 2011, 04:01 Quote
I could have NEVER come up with this win!
Jaybles 4th June 2011, 11:46 Quote
Career path PLANNED!
Webby63 4th June 2011, 12:48 Quote
GCHQ take on graduates! Count me in!
Nexxo 4th June 2011, 12:52 Quote
I can see it now...

When Mohammad al-Jafir, a disgruntled college drop-out in Sparkbrook logged on to al-Awlaki and Khan's extremist Muslim website, he had an ephiphany.

"It was one of those religious, bolt-out-of-the-blue religious experiences you hear about", he told our reporter doday. "Suddenly, I understood my purpose in life. I understood what Allah wanted me to do."

That day, al-Jafir became a convert. He had a calling. From now on, he would singlemindedly focus his entire existence on that one shining goal: to become a baker.

"To make something so delicious from just a bit of flour, water, eggs and sugar... to create a delicate masterpiece that lights up people's faces and makes their day just that little bit better... to be able to affect people's lives at such a fundamental level... that is the most powerful rush you can imagine. You feel like the hand of God.

Since he enrolled in the NVQ-2 for pastry chefs, al-Jafir has been converting the masses in his own unique attempt. He spreads leaflets with cake recipes for beginners. He hands out baklava at the local mosque, and preaches the delight of good food and the noble act of feeding the hungry. He randomly leaves boxes of cupcakes on buses and park benches. He goes to Muslim schools and teaches baking. His feeling is that such purposeful and pleasurable creative activities may give students a new insight into Islam. "Ours is a culture of sweets and pastry, good coffee and tea going back millennia", he says. My belief is that Allah wants us to sample and enjoy the foods He has created for us." Man's purpose is to make food, not war. Eat, pray, love. That's my motto".

His young customers at the mosque seem to agree. "In the past we used to fight with the local White Brits. But when you have had some of those delicious cakes, and you are all mellowed out by the sugar and carbohydrates, well, you discover that those Brits have some really rather good cake recipes. And the Hindus, they really understand their sweets. So now we exchange recipes, teach each other how to make baklava, battenberg cake, profiteroles, Arab honey cake... Life's too short to argue. There's too much baking and eating to do."
Waynio 4th June 2011, 15:59 Quote
LMAO beatiful :D +rep Nexxo classic :D.
HourBeforeDawn 4th June 2011, 18:26 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by FelixTech
Why didn't they go for an all out troll and put in an article discussing orthodox Judaism/Christianity/Catholicism in there? :P

we are not against their religion thats why, we are against the terrorist cells.
Rich_13 4th June 2011, 20:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Webby63
GCHQ take on graduates! Count me in!

I think they are hiring at the moment actually.. I'm sure I saw something in my inbox recently. ;)
sp4nky 5th June 2011, 08:05 Quote
I know someone that often bakes cupcakes and brings them to work. Does this mean she's a terrorist?
NiHiLiST 5th June 2011, 09:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by sp4nky
I know someone that often bakes cupcakes and brings them to work. Does this mean she's a terrorist?

After lighting the candle does she run behind cover?
GravitySmacked 5th June 2011, 09:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by sp4nky
I know someone that often bakes cupcakes and brings them to work. Does this mean she's a terrorist?

Did she download the recipe from that website?
Anuskasvo 5th June 2011, 11:17 Quote
Silly and boring.
Nexxo 5th June 2011, 11:39 Quote
Terrorism always is. That's why MI6 thought they might bring some excitement to their lives with the more productive pursuit of making cupcakes. :D
LordPyrinc 6th June 2011, 00:03 Quote
This is exactly the type of thing more hackers should get involved in. Go after the websites run by groups that promote violence.

Major kudos to MI6!
leslie 6th June 2011, 04:22 Quote
They should have done it more stealth-like.

Not relabel pages or anything, just bits and pieces. That way at a glance everything seems normal. It would take longer for them to notice, possibly giving them a chance to keep changing it without them knowing, but also, you could discredit them for failed recipes and such, making them look like idiots.

Still awesome though. :)
thehippoz 6th June 2011, 04:27 Quote
probably running unpatched like sony.. be funny if it was a social engineered exploit.. I could see the guy clicking on the link then saying I rub it and you do it

guy at mi6 migrates and says yes you do xD I bet they found all sorts of things in that network, like porn
Elton 6th June 2011, 08:06 Quote
now that is genius.
Jake123456 6th June 2011, 09:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Anuskasvo
Silly and boring.

>_>


Its bloody brilliant, its great to know us Brits still have a sense of humour ;)
azazel1024 6th June 2011, 14:33 Quote
So...if I google "cupcake recipes" is this going to come to the top of the search results? Are they superior to recipes.com recipes? Inquiring minds want to know.

Another important question, is the FBI going to start tracking purchases of large quantities of flour, sugar or butter? I can see the inditement handed down now...

"John Doe is accused of purchasing a used 1996 Ford Econoline van, 500lbs enriched flour, 800lbs refined cane sugar, 50lbs Chocolate icing, 80lbs salted butter, 3lbs baking soda and 1 pack trick candles (to ensure the bomb squad could not extinguish them once they were lit)."
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