Thursday, 1 December 2011

Can you crack it?

On BBC Radio 4’s World at One today there was a discussion about the UK Government Communications Headquarters’ latest recruitment initiative, a standalone website with one page that offers a visual codebreaking challenge.

GCHQ's "Can you crack it?" webpage

Of it, a spokesman for GCHQ commented:

"The target audience for this particular campaign is one that may not typically be attracted to traditional advertising methods and may be unaware that GCHQ is recruiting for these kinds of roles… Their skills may be ideally suited to our work and yet they may not understand how they could apply them to a working environment, particularly one where they have the opportunity to contribute so much."

With 10 rows and 16 columns, this jumble is frankly beyond me but those who complete it before the 12th December find themselves invited to apply for a job. I’m sure the computers of many an Oxbridge college will be cranking into action.

For more information on GCHQ go to:

Attempt the challenge at:


Anonymous said...

Melita Norwood would have cracked this in seconds.

Anonymous said...

As would have Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and Anthony Blunt.

KAALRA said...

is the secret is masked by just a image or the matrix is obtained after applying any algorithm ? if it is just masked by image ,do the image represent any clue to the keyword or something else ?

Scarlett said...

Too confusing for a Saturday morning after a heavy night out I'm afraid!!!!!

Raffiki said...

its machine code and not encrypted, the 41 41 41 41, ff ff ff ff and 42 42 42 42

KAALRA said...

i don't think it is just a machine code if it is then the code generated by this hexdecimal code matrix would be- ë  1É Áu 1 ­ Á Š Š< < Áu é\ ‰ \X=AAAAuCX=BBBBu;Z‰ ‰ ‰ß) ó¤‰ ‰ ‰ß) 1 1 1 Š Š 0Ú GIu 1 ‰Š Š 0Ú GIu 1 ‰ Í€ AAAAA

KAALRA said...

i think it is encrypted- the keyword would a maximum 16 letter word & nothing else than that.