It’s not the first time that GCHQ, the British intelligence agency, has appealed to talent via the gaming world. In 2009, it placed content in video games like Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. In 2007, digital posters appeared in online games such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas and Splinter Cell Double Agent.
This time, however, the intelligence agency is being more selective with its audience. Rather than target video games, GCHQ has circulated an online game via Twitter and Facebook, as well as other blogs and social media sites in order to reach an otherwise elusive group. The motivation, according to GCHQ, is that they need to reach the code-crackers out there with incredible skills that are not being utilized because they area uncertain of how to translate their skills to a professional environment.
The British government is eager to recruit help for fighting cyber threats from terrorists, criminals and others. Once individuals solve the code, they are brought to a screen where they can apply for a position. Several people have already solved it, and the competition remains open until Dec.12