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The British secret service is looking for new talent: a puzzle task on the Internet is intended to recruit new, talented employees. Young hackers have a tough puzzle to crack on a special website. Anyone who decrypts a strange number code will find a job on Her Majesty's behalf.

In the film, James Bond had to shoot, drive fast cars and still look good in order to work for MI6. Today, agents primarily have to be able to handle computers and crack encrypted messages. To test these skills, the British secret service has launched an Internet competition. Only those who decrypt the secret numerical code and enter the solution will find the relevant job offers from the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

"Can you crack it?"

There are two blocks of numbers on the www.canyoucrackit.co.uk page. Above that the question "Can you crack it". The GCHQ, which specializes in data transmission and telecommunications intelligence, wants to use it to recruit new employees and with the puzzle task, interested parties should show their skills for the first time. The aim of the campaign is to find young employees who would not apply in the normal way. A spokesman for the GCHQ explained that new employees are recruited regularly after completing their university studies.

He justified the unusual action: "Due to the constant development of threats from the computer world, it is necessary to recruit self-taught people who show a real enthusiasm for deciphering codes." According to a spokesman for the GCHQ, over 50 young experts have already cracked the code. However, only British citizens are qualified to apply to the secret service.

Online criminals are kicked out

Should there be applicants among the talents discovered through this site who were previously involved in illegal activities on the Internet, they will be sorted out. The current campaign is not the GCHQ's first failed recruitment campaign. In 2009, the agency launched an appeal by suddenly flashing an ad in video games.