- When Hack Happened: 2011
- Who Did It: MI6 Hackers
Operation Cupcake might sound like some sort of weird name for a potentially big military move, but it was not exactly that. It is true that the American government was trying to take down major propaganda and misinformation spread by terrorist organizations online though. The United Kingdom, an ally to the United States, was also heavily against terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda. This led MI6 and the UK government to pull off something incredible.
In the online al-Qaeda magazine, the organization gave out the recipe for creating a proper pipebomb. This was easy for all to access and could be troublesome. Therefore, in 2011, the specialist hackers at MI6 hacked the al-Qaeda website and changed the pipebomb recipe with the ingredients used to make cupcakes. They took the recipe directly from Ellen DeGeneres’ “Best Cupcakes in America,” which was genius. This was clearly one of the funniest hacker attacks ever, “explosively” funny even.