Cupcake Recipes Take Down Terror Site

Friday, 03 Jun 2011 11:21 AM

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British intelligence officers got creative in their successful efforts to block the launch of an English-language version of the glossy jihad magazine Inspire. By embedding encoded cupcake recipes on the site, they were able to render the bomb-making recipes and other encoded content unintelligible, the Guardian reports.

terror cupcake recipesThe recipes included one for mojito cupcakes by an Ohio bakery that was taken from the website of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” reports Gawker.com.

The move was made a year ago as British and American intelligence officials were at odds on how to approach the publication. The British took the lead on the website, while the CIA allowed the print version to be published, purportedly because shutting it down would also shut down a key source of information for espionage purposes.

The United States, meanwhile, is devising a "world-class cyber warrior force,” as U.S. Army Lieutenant General Rhett Hernandez described it at a London military conference. The Department of Defense is also toying with the idea of making cyber attacks an act of war.



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