“Can You Crack It” Recruits British Spies With Codebreaking Game

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“Can You Crack It” Recruits British Spies With Codebreaking Game
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Want to work for one of the arms of the UK’s intelligence services? Are you adept at cracking codes? Well, free up a chunk of your day – there’s a puzzle that requires your expertise.

GCHQ, the intelligence agency that works alongside MI5 and MI6 to protect the UK’s security interests, is looking to recruit new intelligence agents in a new way – through an online code cracking game that is spreading through social media channels.

If you visit the site canyoucrackit, you’ll be presented with the puzzle above. To me and anyone not in the business of deciphering cryptic sequences, it will look like gibberish. To those who possess the talent and inclination, it could be their path to a job.

Nothing about the site signifies that it has anything to do with GCHQ, but those who have already solved the puzzle have reported that they are directed to a recruitment site for the agency. Apparently, this is your first step in becoming a British spy.

Plus, a GCHQ spokesperson has spoken to The Telegraph. “Code cracking skills are vital to secure the very best talent and to support the GCHQ mission in its fight against cyber threats. Our target audience is not typically attracted to traditional advertising methods and may be unaware that we are recruiting for these kinds of roles.”

Apparently, the GCHQ plans to hire about 35 people over the course of the next few months. According to the ticker on the canyoucrackit site, the game will stay open until December 12th.

The GCHQ wants the puzzle to spread via social media, as the only other thing the canyoucrackit site provides other than the puzzle are social media buttons. It seems to be working, as there is plenty of Twitter activity surrounding the cipher.

Everyone can attempt to crack the code, but you must be a British citizen in order to qualify for the job.

Spy recruitment for the age of social media: Ian Fleming would be so proud.

“Can You Crack It” Recruits British Spies With Codebreaking Game
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  • http://www.PlacesToEatOkay.com Steven

    Usually when people post codes out in the public like this they want to know if it’s an uncrackable code or not. They’re spies so of course they’re going to tell you it’s for a job.

    • 0160

      no it is a legit code that can be cracked this is not like WAP2 or some 256bit cypher it is crackable it has been done and they r doing it to recruit up to 35 of those who can do it.

  • http://zerolab.eu akdadad

    hey guys….
    why you complicate your life by yourself and don’t go to have a bit fun?
    don’t you see the site being developed in asp (grrrr) so all is bullshit and there is no any code behind this stuff….
    none of real hacker will never fall into this shit…
    by the way, if someone want to know solution just ask to zerolab.eu

    • 0160

      they r not looking for ‘hackers’ they r looking for for those with skills which the ability to crack code puzzles etc … u really should not say things that you have no clue about

  • steve

    Answer = Pr0t3ct!on#cyber_security@12*12.2011+

    • T_bastard

      how did you find out?!

      • dan


  • ERIC

    Well Steve you are the big reason kids today are dumbasses no one takes the time to figure it out for them self

    Now steve prove my point “Which cipher agorythym is it?” or did u just surf and find the answer too, since i did it i know the cipher pattern

    Folks take time learn how to do it yourself

  • http://www.webpronews.com/ Jeremy Muncy

    Pics or it didn’t happen

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