Britain’s intelligence service, GCHQ, is recruiting. But it wants its newest spies to be tech-savvy, so it’s inviting home-grown hackers to crack a puzzle on its new website in order to apply for a job.
The UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) works closely with MI5 and MI6, and usually recruits its spies straight outta university. But to keep up with the times, it’s looking to take on self-taught hackers as well. They claim to be after online specialists with a keen interest in “ethical hacking”.
So what’t first step? Head to their (oddly unbranded) website and try and crack the problem. Then, you’ll be able to apply for a job that will turn you into some sort of cross between James Bond and Julian Assange. Maybe.
According to The Guardian, GCHQ says that anyone who is found to have illegally hacked the code will not be eligible for recruitment. Which is slightly ironic. But still, you’ve been warned. [The Guardian, Can You Crack It]