Spies Hack Terrorist Website Post Cupcake Recipes

Everyone loves a good cupcake and to spread that love British spies hacked into a terrorist website and replaced their bomb making instructions with cupcake recipes.

It was the first attack on the English-language magazine associated with Anwar-al-Awlaki, the US born Yemeni cleric accused in recent terrorist plots.

The magazine, Inspire, is sent to subscribers in a pdf file. One page in one of last year’s editions offered an article, “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom”. The pages were corrupted and a cupcake recipe appeared in its place.

 “We’re increasingly using cybertools as part of our work,” said an anonymous British official confirming that the Inspire magazine was hacked.

Awlaki contributes regularly to Inspire. He offers his advice and guidance on everything from recruitment to spirituality. He is thought to be a rising leader in al-Qaida, after planning the recent attempts to attack the U.S. He also may have inspired the Fort Hood attacks.

"A recipe for cupcakes is better than a recipe for bombs, but it would been more productive if they had put up counter-arguments to al-Qaida," said James Brandon with the London-based Quilliam Foundation, an anti-extremist organization. "They could have also attacked Awlaki himself. It should be about discrediting these individuals."

Extremists are turning to cyber space in rapid numbers to spread the message. Attacking them in cyberspace is one of the best ways to counter act their plans.


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