British Intelligence Still Has a Sense of Humor

by Daniel Foster

This made me smirk:

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s spy agencies have a new message for terrorists: make cupcakes, not war.

Intelligence agents managed to hack into the extremist Inspire magazine, replacing its bombmaking instructions with a recipe for cupcakes.

It’s the first time the agents sabotaged the English-language magazine linked to U.S.-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 corrupted, however, and the instructions replaced with the cupcake recipe.

“We’re increasingly using cybertools as part of our work,” a British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters said Friday, confirming that the Inspire magazine had been successfully attacked.

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

British special operators have a long history of this sort of thing. During 1941′s Operation Claymore, the first successful commando raid on German industrial interests in Norway,  some 800,000 gallons of glycerin (for use in munitions) were destroyed, several ships were sunk, and over 200 Germans were taken prisoner. The commandos met so little resistance during the landing that one even had time to go to a local post office and send a telegram to “A.Hitler,Berlin.” It read: “You said in your last speech German troops would meet the British wherever they landed. Where are your troops?”