One might assume that an international intelligence apparatus like Britain’s MI6 would wreak havoc when hacking into a terrorist-affiliated website. The truth is they did little more than likely annoy al-Qaeda after hacking a recruiting website. The result wasn’t exactly devastating unless you’re someone who hates cupcakes.
It’s hard to imagine even the most hardcore of Islamist extremist terrorists hating cupcakes, though it’s even harder to imagine one of them eating one.
In 2011, the U.K.’s external intelligence service was in an all-out information war with al-Qaeda and the terrorist organization’s affiliate groups. In particular, Her Majesty’s secret service was looking to disrupt the activities of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its effort to recruit “lone wolf” attackers abroad. One of the ways it recruited disgruntled Westerners was through its English online magazine, called “Inspire.”
But when avid readers of Inspire went to download the June 2011 Issue to read “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom” by “The AQ Chef” they actually downloaded a semi-unintelligible computer code. The code still revealed a recipe, but it had nothing to do with mom’s kitchen and everything to do with some cupcakes that “might” be described as “da bomb.”