MI6, the legendary British Secret Intelligence Service, and GCHQ, the British intelligence agency responsible for monitoring communications, proved that though they’re serious about security, they still have a sense of humour. When plans for the release of a web-circulated magazine that would include instructions on how to make a bomb were uncovered last year, they could have taken action in several ways. The cheeky choice of response from the home of the fictional James Bond?

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We’ve all received junk text messages from our service providers telling us about an update or a service change, or spam from a phone number we’ve never seen before. It’s typically just a minor annoyance that leaves us wondering how they got our number in the first place. But unlike the rest of the junk texts, this is a story about the first and (likely) only time that a random spam message brought some good to the world.

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