Cracking a secret service job

Federal security agencies are embracing code cracking competitions, promoted through social media, to attract new recruits. But in most cases hackers need not apply.

It’s unlikely James Bond would have been recruited this way. The perks of this job do not include driving an Aston Martin, sipping martinis in exotic locations or saving the UK by shooting the cat-stroking villain.

Nowadays, a secret service job involves a computer, possibly located in a basement, and the only thing you are going to be intimate with is low-level computer programming code.

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