Solve cyber secret to have a crack at joining code-breakers


Turing at the time of his election to Fellowship of the Royal Society. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fancy yourself as the next Alan Turing, the code breaker who deciphered encyrpted messages sent by the German Enigma machine in World War II? Commonly regarded as the father of computer science and the inspiration behind new Hollywood movie biopic Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing was a mathematical genius who helped to win the war against the Nazis.

Crack the codes in this tough, but engaging Can You Find It challenge and you could be following in Turing’s footsteps in supporting the national cyber security agenda. 

If you’re a computer whizz kid with a passion for problem solving and mathematical conundrums, or complex patterns make perfect sense to you, this mission set by
GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) could be your foot in the door to a career combating threats from cyberspace.

Discover whether you have the right skills to be employed by a national intelligence and security agency that works in partnership with the Security Service MI5 and Secret intelligence Service MI6. Prove your intellect and tenacious creativity and get a chance to support the Government’s national cyber security agenda. Who knows, a thrilling job at GCHQ with a salary between £26-£60k (depending on experience and qualifications) might be waiting for you.

Created by a GCHQ team of top mathematicians to recruit the smartest  candidates, the Can You Find It? competition will take you on a cyber treasure hunt with a series of clues and tasks around the world-wide web which will ultimately unlock the final answer.

Also up for grabs are Google Nexus 7 tablet devices and Raspberry Pi computers, small PCs designed to promote the teaching of computer science in schools.  

To answer the question: ‘Can You Find It?’ go online to

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