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The Funniest Hacker Attacks Of All Time

Updated July 3, 2018 17.1k votes 2.6k voters 53.4k views15 items

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Internet hacking emerged as one of the major concerns on the World Wide Web over the last decade or so. Though hacking itself presents many understandable threats to security, hilarious hacker attacks offer examples of the practice being used for good, or at least, entertainment. Hacking never looks like the movies, but the funny things hackers have done definitely make up for that.

Though malicious cyber attacks certainly should scare you, the funniest hacker attacks only come with the threat of shortness of breath and maybe a few tears of joy. Sometimes, as is often the case with Anonymous hackings, trolling, not terrifying, is the main goal.

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    Operation Cupcake Changed Bomb Instructions To Cake Recipes

    Security services do an important job of taking down propaganda and information from terrorist websites. MI6 from the UK achieved this in a rather unique way back in in 2011. Rather than just take down the instructions for making pipe bombs from an online al-Qaeda magazine, they simply replaced the instructions with recipes for cake. Anyone looking to create explosives would instead only get the recipes for cupcakes taken directly from Ellen DeGeneres's "Best Cupcakes in America."

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    Hackers Ruined Scientology’s Google Results

    When the Church of Scientology tried to take down a video critical of Tom Cruise on YouTube in early 2008, a group of hackers gave a rather mathematical rebuttal. These anonymous attackers caused no harm to the church when they Google bombed it. By shifting the church's Google rankings, the hackers made it so that when a user searched "dangerous cults," the first result to come up happened to be the Church of Scientology's website.

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    Iranian Nuclear Facilities Were Forced To Play AC/DC

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    Many suspect government agents and civilian hackers of attempting to destabilize Iran’s nuclear program by hacking into its facilities. While most of these stories fail to make headlines, one particular attack caught the attention of the media in July 2012 for its eccentric consequences.

    According to reports, two buildings suffered from a hack that played the song “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC over the speakers non-stop. The music continued to play into the night and could not be silenced. The worm reportedly also attacked the automation network, though that probably felt less annoying to workers than hearing THUN - DAH deep into the night.

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    The Spanish PM Was Replaced With Mr. Bean On An Official Site

    Anyone visiting the official European Union website for the Spanish Prime Minister in 2010 came face-to-face with a strange surprise. Rather than a picture of Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, visitors instead saw a picture of the British sitcom character Mr. Bean. Newspapers previously likened Zapatero to the character, possibly prompting the anonymous hacker to carry out the attack. According to the authorities who ran the site, the hack took advantage of a vulnerability known as cross-site scripting.

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