GCHQ, the British intelligence agency, has created a brand-new cyber spy game for the annual Cyber Security Challenge contest.
According to official reports, the game will assess the public’s cyber security skills, intelligence, knowledge of cybercrime and the ways to prevent it. The spy game will test the player’s ability to ward off the attacks of the Flag Day Associates by finding the bug in the system and proposing a genuine fix. The players will compete with one another for the chance to reach the live finals and win the ultimate prize – employment with none other than GCHQ itself. The reports state that the game’s goals aren’t just to find the next cyber security employee for the agency, but also raising awareness of cybercrime. Since apparently around 40% of the Internet users don’t install anti-virus programs on their devices, many are left defenseless in the face of the cyber criminals.
The games will reportedly start this September and the finals will take place in 2015.