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MI6 Swaps Bomb Making Info With Cupcake Recipe On al-Qaeda Website

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the now-you're-cooking dept.

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The British Intelligence agency has unveiled its latest weapon in the war on terror, cupcake recipes published by the Ellen DeGeneres show. MI6 hacked an online al-Queda magazine replacing instructions about how to “Make a bomb in the Kitchen of your Mom" with a web page of recipes for “The Best Cupcakes in America” from Ellen's show. From the article: "It included a recipe for the Mojito Cupcake – 'made of white rum cake and draped in vanilla buttercream'- and the Rocky Road Cupcake – 'warning: sugar rush ahead!' By contrast, the original magazine featured a recipe showing how to make a lethal pipe bomb using sugar, match heads and a miniature lightbulb, attached to a timer."

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149 comments

Waste of time and resources. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36331968)

It takes 2 clicks to rollback / update a site.

Re:Waste of time and resources. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332006)

Maybe on Linux! On something running Windows/IIS you have to reboot the computer for stuff like this. Its ridiculous.

Re:Waste of time and resources. (1)

OldSoldier (168889) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332670)

And because of that I'm surprised they didn't just swap out the recipe and leave the title the same. At least that would have been a bit harder to detect and may have been even funnier

"Our bombs smell like cupcakes".

Re:Waste of time and resources. (1)

Caerdwyn (829058) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333902)

In which case they are also rolling back the security flaw.

I suspect the major goal was to send the message "you're not as secure as you think you are" and inject some paranoia (and with it, operational slowdown).

You might say... (5, Funny)

Mabbo (1337229) | more than 3 years ago | (#36331974)

*puts on sunglasses* ... those cupcakes were dynamite.

Re:You might say... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332044)

*puts on sunglasses* ... those cupcakes were dynamite.

YEEAAHHH!

fake recipe is fake (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333004)

sugar, eggs and peanutbutter does not turn into a cookie when you bake it. It turns into FIRE. [photobucket.com]

Wasn't there a kerfluffle where some magazine ripped off recipes from somebody's website and then barefacedly tried to tell the blogger they owned the recipes ? I can't find the story right now, my google-fu must be waning.

Re:You might say... (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332062)

Nice. I, for one, hope you'll be here all week.

Re:You might say... (1)

bytethese (1372715) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332196)

Should we try the veal?

Re:You might say... (1)

djdanlib (732853) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332884)

Perhaps even tip our waiters?

Re:You might say... (1)

Anomalyst (742352) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332932)

Perhaps even tip our waiters?

Just don't forget to return them to their upright position for landing.

Re:You might say... (2)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332214)

That cake was da bomb. It's to die for.

Re:You might say... (1)

Zephyn (415698) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332754)

Someone at MI6 has been watching waaaaay too much Eddie Izzard.

CAKE OR DEATH?!

Re:You might say... (2)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333228)

The yellow cake is a lie.

Re:You might say... (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332448)

you forgot the obligatory ...yeaaaaahhhhhrrrr!!!

(The Who song ""Won't Get Fooled Again" fades in)

Re:You might say... (1)

CODiNE (27417) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332722)

Duck Tales episode 1:

"Those aren't bonbons, Burger.
They're boom-booms." -- Big Time

Re:You might say... (1)

Have Brain Will Rent (1031664) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333896)

The sugar is a frill... as some of us found out as kids just match heads can be enough for an explosion.

That's pretty childish (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332014)

You can be sure that this didn't stop a single person from learning how to make a bomb. However, it did let lots of people know about some capabilities that are probably fragile. Of course if this is all they are going to do with them, then losing those capabilities is not a big loss.

I've eaten ... (0)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332018)

... British cooking. I'm not sure this was an improvement.

Re:I've eaten ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332136)

Perhaps you missed the part about the American recipes?

Re:I've eaten ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332324)

I thought British cooking was banned by the Geneva Convention. WTH? Is the UK a terrorist state now?

Re:I've eaten ... (0)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332816)

and I've heard about American comprehension. I'm not sure you do anything to shatter the stereotype.

Re:I've eaten ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333080)

Well the CIA recommended rock cakes but they compromised on cheese cake - until they found out American cheese isn't cheese but in fact plastic and would in fact make a convincing hoax bomb and half of Boston would go on full alert

Re:I've eaten ... (1)

KiloByte (825081) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333912)

Note what the blurb says: ... recipes for “The Best Cupcakes in America”. Since it was MI6 guys doing the cracking, this says a lot.

READ THE RULES SAMZENPUSSY (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332020)

1) screenshot or GTFO

The Cake is a Lie! (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332022)

Dear Al Qaeda reader,

Have a cake on us.

Yours,

MI6

Re:The Cake is a Lie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333864)

I really prefer them fighting terrorists with cakes instead of bombs. Since everyone likes cakes, perhaps even a die-hard fundamentalist can see the good will of somebody sending them such a delicacy occasionally. Just make sure not use any lard in the recipe. Send them a bomb and they send a bomb back to you, send them a cake recipe and they modify the recipe to suit their customs, build a cakery and take over the cake markets in the area, after which you can invest them to bring the cakes to Harrods..

Wrong approach (5, Insightful)

Clueless Moron (548336) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332036)

The replacement instructions are obviously bogus and will be ignored. What would be smarter would be to subtly modify the bomb recipes so that they simply won't work, or will blow up in the terrorist's face.

Re:Wrong approach (2)

symes (835608) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332144)

I guess the worry is that they'd be able to work out what the small change was, or worse inadvertantly blow themselves up and take a few unsuspecting neighbours. Plus humour is a nice way of countering the lonely disenfranchised basement dwelling types who might be attracted to this sort of thing.

Re:Wrong approach (4, Insightful)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332626)

It was funny when the nutters tried to blow up Glasgow Airport. They tried to ram an SUV full of propane and petrol into the building but got stuck between concrete bollards designed to stop ram raiders. Then set fire to themselves but were attacked by a baggage handler who gave some funny interviews. Incidentally these guys were NHS doctors which makes you wonder how competent they actually were at treating people.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smeaton_(born_1976)#Television_interviews [wikipedia.org]

There was much talk of failed terrorist attacks and they even had some American terrorism expert saying "these guys must have taken the short bus to terrorism school". Someone else said "maybe we're entering an era when people on fire in cars on fire get drive around and everyone just considers it normal".

The whole terrorism thing isn't viable if people laugh at you - it will be hard to recruit people if the last lot died horribly and become a national joke.

Re:Wrong approach (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332792)

Ahhahahah, I remember them. Talk about being incompetent in the extreme. Probably one of the best examples for Bruce Schneier's "Portrait of the modern terrorist as an idiot."

Re:Wrong approach (2)

crow_t_robot (528562) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332366)

Good idea.

They should have changed the instructions to the ever-popular "how to make crystals" article that regularly pops up on 4chan. Change the name to "how to make semtex" then wait for hilarity.

Re:Wrong approach (5, Interesting)

mr1911 (1942298) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332624)

You assume that wasn't done.

If you are not absolutely sure you got in and out undetected, make it look like you are after something else is a good way to hide your true intention.

Re:Wrong approach (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332706)

Meanwhile, an attempted suicide bomber failed to detonate in front of the American Embassy in Egypt today. His cream filled cupcakes failed to explode.

Are you trying to say that... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332966)

...he creamed himself in front of an embassy?

How very embassaring... er, embarrassing.

Re:Wrong approach (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332772)

They actually corrupted the PDFs. The cupcake instructions aren't even legible in a pdf viewer.

lol rum (5, Insightful)

mustPushCart (1871520) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332040)

Its the extra kick in the balls when they put up an alcoholic recipe knowing fully well that its against Islam

It's been working. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332052)

Looking at the fat-asses around my city, I think these horrible cake-bombs have been a success.

Cupcakes? (0)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332064)

I would have gone for a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin recipe. Sort of a kick in the nuts within a kick in the nuts.

Re:Cupcakes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332206)

Yo dawg, we heard you hate pork, so here's pork wrapped in pork so you can get kicked in the nuts while you're getting kicked in the nuts.

Underachievers, the lot of you. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332384)

Now that we know their website is hackable somebody needs to replace their gay little cupcake recipe with instructions on how to teabag the Quran. With pictures.

Re:Cupcakes? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332654)

Or better yet... bacon-wrapped alcoholic cupcakes. With nuts...

Re:Cupcakes? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332994)

Or better yet... bacon-wrapped alcoholic cupcakes. With nuts...

We've previously discussed how using British food is prohibited by the Geneva convention.

Adding insult in injury.... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332066)

If the cupcakes with the recipe had sugary images of Mohammed on top that would have been icing on the cupcake!

My god man (2)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332076)

Someone post the recipe already, sounds delicious.

Re:My god man (1)

moozh84 (919301) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332146)

Which one? The yummy cupcake recipe, or the infidel punishing recipe?

true (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332492)

it's da bomb

Clearly American led (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332084)

You'll hardly find British people using the words "Mom", "Cupcakes", or indeed Ellen as subtle comic replacements for bomb making material.

It probably took a $20m defense contract with Lockheed-Martin to come up with a weaponized replacement article this unfunny. They might even have thought to put a web bug in there.

Insensitivity to Muslims (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332096)

It seems to me that MI6 has shown considerable insensitivity to the Muslim readers of this magazine by including alcoholic cupcakes among the recipes.

Re:Insensitivity to Muslims (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332246)

It seems to me that you have shown considerable insensitivity to the Muslim readers of this magazine by associating Islam with a website of Al Queda. Other than the fact that they use Islam as a cover for political violence, they have no more to do with the religion than the Ku Klux Klan does with Christianity.

Re:Insensitivity to Muslims (1)

LoganDzwon (1170459) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332250)

Isn't that the point?

In the Long Run... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332116)

Which is deadlier?

Where's the link to the original recipe? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332148)

n/t

Re:Where's the link to the original recipe? (1)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332466)

It uses sugar, match heads, and a light bulb. What more information do you need? I think this might actually cause a very dangerous Streisand Effect.

Re:Where's the link to the original recipe? (1)

gweihir (88907) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332708)

It uses sugar, match heads, and a light bulb. What more information do you need? I think this might actually cause a very dangerous Streisand Effect.

I don't think so. Most people that need instructions on how to build a pipe bomb (any decent engineer or physical scientist should not) end up blowing themselves up because of stupidity. My personal favorite is one guy in Germany a decade or two past, that filled a steel pipe with black powder and then tried to hammer the end shut. Needless to say that was not a good idea. I think he survived though, minus a few hard to replace body parts.

So I am all for keeping pipe-bomb recipes on the web, it cuts down on terrorism. Maybe add a few bogus ones that will blow up, but a bit earlier than expected.

Re:Where's the link to the original recipe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333970)

because making a home-made bomb is only done by terrorists or those out to hurt people.

Re:Where's the link to the original recipe? (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332750)

Well, I tried to make a batch of cupcakes from the Ellen Degeneres site, and my stove exploded. Maybe you should start looking there.

Sense of humor (1)

x6060 (672364) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332172)

Who said those limey British bastards at MI6 don’t have a sense of humor?

Re:Sense of humor (3, Funny)

Dog-Cow (21281) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332368)

Humour.

Re:Sense of humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332474)

Perhaps he meant sense of Hummer

Re:Sense of humor (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333638)

Stop. Just stop. You had me at hum.

Re:Sense of humor (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333150)

When they say they will round later for 'Tea and cakes' they don't' actually mean it.

One Word: (1)

FurtiveGlancer (1274746) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332176)

SWEEEET!

Copyright... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332200)

Even MI6 doesn't give a rats ass about copyright infringement . I think it would be hilarious if they were sued.

Those cupcakes... (1)

otaku244 (1804244) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332202)

are to die for...

Brilliant (1)

Cosgrach (1737088) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332224)

Now they will be putting pipe bombs in cupcakes.

Re:Brilliant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332428)

Hopefully a rectangular cupcake will arouse some suspicion...

Re:Brilliant (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332948)

I think your .sig is misspelled... I assume you mean 'of' instead of 'or'?

Copyright? (2)

abelenky17 (548645) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332234)

Did MI-6 properly license the copyright to the recipe from WarnerBros (the producers of the Ellen Degeneres Show).

Will WarnerBros pursue MI-6, who will disavow all knowledge? or perhaps the alQueda site for re-publishing the recipe without permission?

Re:Copyright? (5, Informative)

julesh (229690) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332274)

Will WarnerBros pursue MI-6, who will disavow all knowledge?

They wouldn't even respond. MI6 (or rather SIS... MI6 was a name used by the media to refer to the organization when its existence was a badly kept secret but nobody knew what it was actually called) enjoys crown immunity [wikipedia.org] from prosecution (except for tort or contract violations -- copyright violations are neither).

Re:Copyright? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332316)

Recipes can't be copyrighted.

Now, the prose writeup can be copyrighted, and probably was. I'd argue that this fell under national defense, which is surely some sort of fair use?

Libel / Slander (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332996)

I think Ellen should sue for Libel and then get a Super Injunction. Otherwise the US may investigate her for providing support to a terrorist organization.

Lethal? (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332252)

how to make a lethal pipe bomb using sugar, match heads and a miniature lightbulb,

It might be more lethal if it contained an oxidizer.

Just sayin'

Re:Lethal? (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332512)

that's what the bleach is for

you take the... oof... OUCH! stop th-

~CARRIER SIGNAL LOST~

Re:Lethal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333236)

Hello, match heads? Potassium chlorate?

Misleading headline (5, Funny)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332256)

Did anyone else read the headline and think that MI6 had given Al Qaeda bomb plans in return for a cupcake recipe?

Re:Misleading headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332504)

I didn't notice that until I read your comment. That was hilarious.

Another victory in the war on infocrime! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332286)

I don't much care for terrorists, and support fighting anyone committing or engaging in conspiracy to commit terrorist acts.

But sharing information, even about bomb construction, is not terrorism and should not be a crime. Not denying the lulz here, but this is exactly the sort of lawless hijinks our government should not be involved with.

Re:Another victory in the war on infocrime! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332588)

But sharing information, even about bomb construction, is not terrorism and should not be a crime. Not denying the lulz here, but this is exactly the sort of lawless hijinks our government should not be involved with.

You do realize that this was Al Qaeda, right? They aren't sharing bomb making instructions for the "LULZ", but so that some bright young Muslim will build one and leave it in the pizza restraunt where you and your friends meet after hours. Their intent is that the knowledge be used to kill people, preferably in large numbers.

The idiocy in your post is exactly the sort of clueless hijinks that you shouldn't be involved with.

Treason! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332298)

They are giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Re:Treason! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332862)

They are giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

Not really, they surreptitiously messed about with the ingredients so that the cakes won't rise properly and the topping will be way too thin and make the sponge soggy.

Those dastardly guys at MI6!

Since when (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332378)

Did Pinkie Pie start working at MI-6?

Good on you (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332404)

Good on you MI6. I like the idea about the subtle changes. Eliminate the problem permanently.

Permission to reproduce? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332442)

Do they have permission to reproduce these recipes?

Not quite cupcakes...here, have some tags (1)

TheModelEskimo (968202) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332528)

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

So it sounds like this was an attempt at inserting recipes, and the result was actually raw HTML. Still accomplishes the DELETE PIPE BOMBS mission, but probably didn't get much more than an eyebrow-raise from the readership...

"SWAPS"?!!!! Oh no!!! (2)

michelcolman (1208008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332544)

They swapped the recipies? I sure hope they copied the cupcake recipe to the Al Qaeda website and left the recipe on Ellen's website unchanged!

The cupcake ... (2)

Aaron_Pike (528044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332552)

The cupcake is a fib.

Copyright Infringement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36332740)

The obligatory reference needs to be made now. I think Ellen should sue them for Copyright Infringement, sue them for libel for associating her with Al Qaeda and then get a Super Injunction requiring them keep their mouths shut.

Up Next (1)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332768)

Up Next: "Suspicious package found in airport discovered to be cupcakes connected to detonator"

Re:Up Next (1)

SockPuppetOfTheWeek (1910282) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332818)

A detonator? What for? They can just use a candle on top as a fuse.

love (1)

papasui (567265) | more than 3 years ago | (#36332946)

The best bombs are made with love.

you all are missing the point! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333066)

Cupcakes are indeed as deadly as bombs. They just take much longer.

Now if you'll excuse me, I must return to my anonymous cowardly life...

So let me get this straight ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333074)

.. the cake is a lie?

I have a better idea. (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333274)

Put up recipes for bacon-wrapped scallops and for bacon cheese burgers. I just can't see how they could stay Muslim.

The Al Qaida Website for... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36333318)

multimegacalorie fat bombs, guaranteed to make your dress size (yes, you have a dress size, even if you never wear one) explode.

In A.D. 2011 (4, Funny)

kat_skan (5219) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333432)

Al-Qaeda: What happen?
Mechanic: Someone set us cup the cake.
Operator: We get sprinkles.
Al-Qaeda: What!
Operator: Microwave turn on.
Al-Qaeda: It's you!!
MI6: How are you gentlemen!!
MI6: All your bomb are belong to us.

So how long? (1)

N0Man74 (1620447) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333542)

How long until there's a DMCA take-down notice for posting recipes from Ellen's show? Who gets the notice, MI6 or al-Qaeda?

So the bomb ... (1)

LittleLui (1792210) | more than 3 years ago | (#36333734)

... was a lie?
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