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Operation Cupcake: Britain's MI6 switches al-Qaeda bomb plans with recipes

Magazine’s instructions for how to create bombs using household items were swapped with some of the Best Cupcakes in America.

Image: Nono Fara via Creative Commons

BRITISH INTELLIGENCE workers at MI6 have hacked into an al-Qaeda website and replaced bomb-making instructions with recipes for cupcakes.

The Telegraph reports that an online magazine by the group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which carried directions for how to make bombs using household items, was replaced with garbled computer code which contained recipes from The Best Cupcakes in America.

The security operatives also removed articles written by Osama bin Laden from the site.

Although the US had planned a parallel attack on the magazine, it was blocked by the CIA for fear it would reveal information about the service’s own operations.

Read Duncan Gardham’s report in full in the Daily Telegraph >

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