The organisation said it was not worried that the problem's answer might be spreadaround the internet.It said it would still benefit because the resulting discussion would "generate futurerecruitment enquiries".However, it added that anyone who had previously hacked illegally would beineligible. The agency's website also states that applicants must be British citizens.
The move was hinted at two months ago when Prime Minister David Cameronpresented hisgovernment's response to the Intelligence and Security Committee's
annual report.The document noted the committee had concerns about GCHQ's "inability to retaina suitable cadre of internet specialists" to respond to cyber threats.It said that the Cabinet Office supported "initiatives such as the Cyber SecurityChallenge, which promotes careers in cyber security via annual competitions andevents".
GCHQ claimed that this was the firsttime this sort of challenge had everbeen conducted by an organisation totarget these sorts of skills.However, the agency has usedunusual recruitment methods in thepast.In 2009, it placed video content,themes and downloadable pictures on the Xbox Live network which appearedduring Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed and other video games.