Crack the Code and End Up a Spy as GCHQ Sets Online Challenge

By Sam Gibbs on at

Fancy a job with GCHQ, the UK's intelligence agency? Have a go at cracking the code and you'll be fast tracked into a life of espionage, as GCHQ moves to the net to grab its latest recruits.

Dragging itself into the online world, the code cracking campaign directly tests the skills needed to succeed in intelligence-gathering in the 21st century, shying away from the traditional recruitment grounds of the hallowed halls of Oxford and Cambridge.

Of course the game itself makes no mention of GHCQ, but those who correctly identify the scrambled word in the code, within seven hours of starting, are directed to the agency's recruitment site. The code will be up through till the 12th of December with GCHQ looking to recruit around 35 code-breakers, turning them into "cyber specialists" to take on the new wave of cyber threats facing the UK.

Let's hope the web savvy recruitment drive manages to entice the mathematically-inclined to help protect us going forward, and save our bacon in the future. Have a stab at the code cracking if you think you've got the chops to be a spy, and let us know how you get on in the comments. Be careful what you write though, Big Brother's probably watching. [Can You Crack It, via The Telegraph]