Xbox geeks to become cyber spies
Friday 19 October 2012
The intelligence agencies are to recruit apprentice cyber spies in an attempt to harness the talents of the "Xbox generation".
Up to 100 18-year-olds will be given the chance to train for a career in the secret services countering the threat of cyber warfare and internet criminals.
The scheme, announced by William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, is aimed predominantly at GCHQ – the electronic communications agency. However, some recruits will go on to work for MI5 and MI6.
The move marks a break with past practice when the agencies traditionally recruited mainly university graduates.
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