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UK intelligence agency GCHQ has launched a code-cracking competition to help attract new talent.
The organisation has invited potential applicants to solve a visual code posted at an unbranded standalone website.
The challenge has also be "seeded" to social media sites, blogs and forums.
It lacks the romance of a furtive meeting in an Oxbridge college quad. But secret service chiefs hope this will be a far more effective method of recruiting the spies of the future.
Players who can crack a code are directed to the GCHQ website and invited to apply for a job.
After following a link to canyoucrackit.co.uk, players are presented with a seemingly meaningless grid of 160 pairs of letters and numbers, and a countdown clock. They are given seven hours to unscramble the numbers and correctly identify a secret word.
The game contains no reference to GCHQ, but those players who get the word right are put on a fast-track to a secret service career.
Originally posted by PurpleDog UK
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