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MI6 scores al Qaeda hit, with cupcakes

British spy agency MI6 has hacked into an al Qaeda online magazine and replaced "bomb-making" instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.

world Updated: Jun 04, 2011 00:50 IST

British spy agency MI6 has hacked into an al Qaeda online magazine and replaced "bomb-making" instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.

The operation was launched by MI6 to disrupt efforts by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular to recruit "lone-wolf" terrorists with a new English-language magazine, Daily Telegraph reported. When followers tried to download the 67-page colour magazine, instead of instructions about how to 'Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom' by 'The AQ Chef', they were greeted with garbled computer code.

The code, which had been inserted into the magazine by the British intelligence hackers, was actually a web page of recipes for 'The Best Cupcakes in America' published by the Ellen DeGeneres chat show. It said: "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 recipe for the mojito cupcake - "made of white rum cake and draped in vanilla buttercream" - and the rocky road cupcake - "warning: sugar rush ahead!" The original magazine featured a recipe showing how to make a lethal pipe bomb using sugar, match heads and a miniature lightbulb, attached to a timer.