Can you crack it? GCHQ launches online code test for wannabe spies

Britain’s GCHQ has launched an online code test that aims to identify potential spies and codebreakers. The Can You Crack It? website offers up 160 pairs of letters and numbers, and invites visitors to beat the clock and identify the secret word.

Update: It seems there’s a cheat

The recruitment campaign is a replacement for the traditional trawling of Oxbridge graduates, and shows a somewhat more innovative approach to recruitment than one might expect of GCHQ. It’s also heavily submerged in the world of social media, with Twitter, Google+ and Facebook sharing buttons.

MI5 has been openly advertising for new recruits for a couple of decades now, having previously used a more arcane method of identifying possible employees. Anyone who successfully completes that Can You Crack It? test will get a boost in the recruitment process.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


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