UK spies give terrorists cupcake recipe

2011-06-03 22:34
London - Britain's spy agencies have a new message for terrorists: make cupcakes, not war.

This message came about after intelligence agents managed to hack into the extremist Inspire magazine, replacing its bomb making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.

It's the first time the agents sabotaged the English-language magazine linked to US-born Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an extremist accused in several recent terror plots.

The quarterly online magazine, which is sent to websites and email addresses as a pdf file, had offered an original page titled "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" in one of its editions last year.

The magazine's pages were, however, corrupted and the instructions replaced with the cupcake recipe.

"We're increasingly using cybertools as part of our work," said a British government official on Friday.

The hackers were reportedly working for Britain's eavesdropping agency, GCHQ, which has boosted its resources in the past several years.

Despite sharp cuts to defence and intelligence agency budgets, Britain last year authorised an extra £500m in funding on cyber-related projects.

Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama also pledged to work more closely on cyber research in London last month.

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