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By Cassandra Vinograd
CAN YOU crack the code?That’s the question Britain’s electroniclistening agency, GCHQ, is asking in
an online campaign to nd the next
generation of cyber specialists.GCHQ quietly launched a cryptic
website last month featuring a box of
code made up of numbers and letters.There is no branding on the site, onlythe phrase “Can you crack it?” and a
box to type in an answer.
The agency has now revealed it isbehind the campaign, and said it’s try-ing to reach individuals with “a keeninterest in code breaking and ethicalhacking” for careers at GCHQ.“It’s to arouse interest in peoplewho perhaps might not be caught byour normal recruitment campaigns,”a GCHQ spokesman said, speaking oncustomary condition of anonymity.
By David Stringer
BRITAIN’S Prince Harry was quoted last
month as conrming he will be deployed
to Afghanistan for a second time – almostfour years after his previous secret mis-sion was cut short when details leaked.
newspaper reported that the27-year-old, who is third in line to theBritish throne, told guests at a militaryawards ceremony last month that he
would likely return next year.
“I can’t wait to get out there,” thenewspaper quoted Harry as saying.
Harry served as a battleeld air con
-troller in Afghanistan for 10 weeks fromDecember 2007, but was sent home early
after details were made public – rst by
an Australian celebrity magazine andlater on the
He became the rst member of the
British royal family to serve in a war zone
since his uncle, Prince Andrew, ew as a
helicopter pilot in the Falkland Islands
conict with Argentina in 1982.
A spokesman for St James’s Palace,would not discuss the details of when orwhere Harry could serve in Afghanistan.He said it would be a “matter for themilitary chain of command.”Britain’s defense ministry did not com-ment on Harry’s potential deployment.The prince returned to Britain inNovember after two months of combathelicopter pilot training in the UnitedStates.At the Naval Air Facility in El Centro,California, Harry flew Apache attackhelicopters in the desert close to the
Mexican border. During training at the
Prince Harry Plans Afghanistan Return
CNN star interviewer Piers Morgan re-fused to disclose details about the mostdamning links between himself and
s phone hacking scandal last month –his acknowledgment that he once listenedto a phone message left by Paul McCartneyfor his then-wife Heather Mills.In a 2006 articlein the
tabloid, Morgansaid he was playeda phone message leftby the former Beatleon Mills’ answeringmachine, describingit in detail and not-ing that McCartney“even sang ‘We Can Work It Out’ into theanswerphone.”Mills has said there’s no way Morgancould have obtained the message hon-estly.Morgan stubbornly refused to answeralmost any questions about how he cameto hear the message, saying that doing sowould compromise a source.“I’m not going to start any trail that
leads to the identication of a source,”
he said.Asked by inquiry chief Lord JusticeBrian Leveson whether he could supplyany information to back the assertion thathe had heard the recording legally, Morgansaid he couldn’t.Earlier Morgan said he “doesn’t be-lieve” he had ever listened to hackedvoicemail message – and dismissed earlierinterviews – in which he’d discussed phonehacking at length – as having been basedon rumor and hearsay.
He refused to say who had lled him in
about the practice.“My memory’s not great about this. Itwas a long time ago,” he said.
Morgan Refuses To NameMcCartney Voicemail Source
Before his US television career, Morganran two British tabloids – the
News of theWorld
. He was givingevidence to Britain’s media ethics inquiryby video link last month from the UnitedStates – one of a host of tabloid newspaperexecutives to face the inquiry, set up in thewake of the uproar over phone hacking andother unethical newsgathering methods atthe
News of the World.
The atmosphere turned tense withinminutes of Morgan taking his oath. Hewas quizzed about his relationship toprivate investigators and freelancers suchas “Benji the Binman,” who specializedin raking though celebrities’ trash to lookfor scoops.Morgan said he never dealt with privateinvestigators but he did acknowledge buy-ing information from Benji – and said he’dhad some qualms about it.“Did I think he was doing anythingillegal? No. Did I think he was doinganything on the cusp of unethical? Yes,”Morgan said.The stakes are high for Morgan. Morethan a dozen journalists have been arrested,senior executives with Rupert Murdoch’sNews Corp media empire have lost their jobs, and top UK police officers haveresigned over their failure to tackle thescandal.Witnesses at the inquiry have exposedthe seamy side of British journalism, withreporters accused of cooking up stories,blackmailing subjects, hacking phones
and paying bribes to police ofcers to
UK Spy Agency AsksHackers To Crack Code
GCHQ said the fast-moving paceof the digital arena and cybersecurity
means it must nd new ways to engage
with prospective candidates, whotypically have entered the agency asgraduates.“With the threats to informationand computer technology constantlyevolving, it is essential that GCHQallows candidates who may be self taught, but have a keen interest in codebreaking and ethical hacking, to enterthe recruitment route too,” it said in astatement.But career hackers beware: “Any-one applying who has hacked illegallywill not be eligible to continue in the re-cruitment process,” GCHQ warned.The agency said it has been usingsocial media to get the word out and
that the site has attracted about 8,000
Ministers Say EU Veto Won’t
Sink UK’s Coalition
SENIOR members of Britain’s gov-ernment insist Prime Minister DavidCameron’s veto to a Europe-wide
treaty to create closer scal ties won’t
sink his coalition.But, Nick Clegg, deputy primeminister and leader of the pro-European Liberal Democrats, hassaid he was “bitterly disappointed”by Cameron’s decision.The Liberal Democrats are juniorpartners to Cameron’s Conservativesin Britain’s coalition government.Senior Liberal Democrat Danny
Alexander, Britain’s deputy Trea
-sury chief, said that differencesover Europe won’t “threaten thecoalition.”Many regard Clegg’s criticism of Cameron as a ploy aimed at placating
his restive rank and le.Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field insouthern Arizona, the prince red mis
-siles and rockets.During a brief break from maneu-vers, the young prince rented a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Scottsdale and
rode the six-hour trip to Las Vegas for a
weekend visit.Harry is currently completing hisApache helicopter training at BritishRoyal Air Force base Wattisham Station,in eastern England.The newspaper said the prince toldawards ceremony guests he now hoped toutilize his months of training. “I’m look-ing forward to putting it into practice,”it quoted him as saying.In a speech to the ceremony, Harry toldmilitary colleagues of his admiration forthem – and for the families left behindwhen they are deployed.“It’s often said of our armed forces
that they are ordinary people doing ex
-traordinary things. Well, I don’t entirelybuy that,” Harry said. “Ordinary peopledon’t put their lives on the line for distantfolk, such as the Afghans, who need ourhelp and are now turning their countryaround because of it.”
Britain has around 9,500 troops
in Afghanistan, based mainly in thesouthern Helmand province. In a visitTuesday, Prime Minister David Cam-
eron conrmed about 500 U.K. forces
will be withdrawn in 2012, ahead of theend of the international mission by theend of 2014.
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Duke Of EdiburghLeaves Hospital
PRINCE PHILIP left the hospital Decem-ber 27, after undergoing treatment for ablocked coronary artery.Philip, the Queen’s 90-year-old husband,spent four nights in the hospital recoveringfrom a successful coronary stent procedure.He was taken to Papworth, a specialist hearthospital in Cambridge, December 23 aftercomplaining of chest pains.It was the most serious health scare suf-fered by Philip, who is known to be activeand robust. He has continued to appear atmany engagements, most recently taking a10-day tour of Australia with the Queen.
For the rst time in years he was forced to
miss the royal family’s traditional Christmasfestivities, which include attending a morn-ing church service, viewing the Queen’sannual Christmas broadcast together, and ashooting party on Boxing Day.
Philip did not speak to reporters as hewas driven away from the hospital in aRange Rover though he smiled, and waved
to those gathered to lm his departure.
He also thanked the hospital staff fortheir care.He returned to Sandringham to join theQueen and other royal family members,
Buckingham Palace ofcials said.
It is not yet clear if Philip’s heart prob-lem will cause a reduction in his plans totravel with the Queen next year to celebrateher Diamond Jubilee. He is scheduled tomake a series of trips to England, Scotland,Wales and Northern Ireland to help hermark her 60th year on the throne.Now that Philip has been found to have
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New Quarantine Laws Will
Please Pet Owners
QUARANTINE laws in the UK willbe relaxed from the beginning of this
month.The current laws governing themovement of pets will be brought intoline with European legislation.The Department for Environment,Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said“vastly improved rabies vaccines”
meant pets no longer had to spend six
months in quarantine when entering
But some animal welfare groups
claim the changes could expose Brit
-ain to an increased risk of rabies.Britain’s quarantine laws were
introduced in the 19th Century to
combat the threat of rabies.Currently, any dog, cat or ferret
entering the UK must be vaccinated
against and blood tested for the dis-ease before being quarantined for
From January 2012, pets from theEU and listed non-EU countries suchas the US and Australia will no longerneed a blood test and will only have towait 21 days before they travel.Pets from unlisted non-EU coun-tries such as India, Brazil and South
Africa will be able to enter the UK
if they meet certain strict criteriato ensure they are protected againstrabies, including a blood test and athree-month wait before they enter
The new regulations will please
many expat animal owners. Defrasaid that bringing the UK’s Pet
Travel Scheme into line with therest of the European Union had thepotential to save pet owners about£7m in fees.