Too funny, the British go about fighting terrorism with attempted humor.
The cyber-warfare operation was launched by MI6 and GCHQ in an attempt to disrupt efforts by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsular to recruit “lone-wolf” terrorists with a new English-language magazine, the Daily Telegraph understands.
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 original 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.
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Of course, it would have been better if the cupcake recipes hadn’t been garbled but, nonetheless, well played!
/and hey, as long as MI6 has rooted themselves this deep into al Qaeda servers, why not a massive Hello Kitty campaign?
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