Wannabe British spies invited to crack code
Once upon a time the James Bonds of this world were recruited into the world of espionage through discreet old-boy networks, all very secretive and hush hush.
Not any more. Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency has launched an online code-breaking game in an attempt to attract the country's top graduates via the internet.
The agency, which works with MI5 and MI6, has invited applicants to demonstrate their code-breaking capacity by deciphering a series of letters and numbers.
The initiative is part of a drive to help shore up the country against potential cyber attacks in the future.
Successful code-breakers will not only win the internet game, but they could also land a job.
"We hope that the code-breaking challenge will help increase awareness of GCHQ's mission and the important role it plays in safeguarding the nation," an agency spokesman said.
The game at canyoucrackit.co.uk was launched last month and carries on until December 12.