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GCHQ launches code breaker challenge to recruit staff

The online game tests skills of reasoning and ... Photo: Reuters

GCHQ have launched an online code breaking competition to find people capable of joining the Government's national intelligence cyber security teams.

The highly unusual recruitment process will challenge techies to crack a series of cyptic codes.

The complex codes have been created by a GCHQ team of experts and are designed to dig out candidates who have the intellectual ability, though maybe not the practical experience of qualifications, to join the government's listening service in their fight against cyber crime.

The scheme follow's last year's 'Can you Crack It?' campaign which attracted millions to the site. Approximately 5,000 people applied for the role, from which 170 applications were taken to interview stage.

As well as the chance to work for the government's intelligence agencies, entrants could win a number of gadgets.

CGHQ's recruitment director, Jane Jones, said the competition should attract people with the skills necessary to do the very serious job of protecting national security:

The 21st century is confronting us with online threats that are difficult and dangerous, so we want employees who have evolved with the ever-changing digital world and therefore have the right skills to combat these challenges.

It’s a puzzle but it’s also a serious test – the jobs on offer here are vital to protecting national security.

– Jane Jones, GCHQ