British Intelligence Agency, Mi6 hacked an Al Qaeda online magazine, replacing a section with bomb-making instructions with cupcake recipes. Mi6, in conjunction with the UK government had agents insert an encrypted version of “The Best Cupcake in America” published by The Ellen deGeneres show. The magazine originally had instructions on how to make lethal pipe bombs as well as articles from Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.

A cupcake for your pipe bomb

A cupcake for your pipe bomb

Reports indicate a similar act from the Pentagon was stopped by the CIA as they considered the magazine as a source of intelligence. Al Qaeda retaliated by reissued the magazine two weeks later and, as well as issued four more editions, however, British intelligence continued to target online outlets publishing the magazine as magazines are clearly a very powerful propaganda tool.

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