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GCHQ challenges punters to block and fix a cyber attack

Astute Explorer is part of the cyber security challenge
Thu Aug 21 2014, 09:18
GCHQ wants hackers to crack its game code

UK SPY AGENCY GCHQ is pushing on with its cyber security challenge and is now charging the general public with the task of stopping a cyber attack.

The latest challenge is called Astute Explorer and sees the return of the Flag Day Associates, a make-believe terrorist group that supposedly has its eyes on the UK.

This is all part of a rolling game set up by GCHQ with security partners, and this past weekend Sophos got people to seek out and crack a hard drive. The people that took part in that discovered that the Flag Day party is planning an attack on "Ebell Technologies", which is a green and military technology outfit.

The game is that Ebell Technologies is concerned about the cyber raid and that it is relying on bedroom battlers to repel it. GCHQ said that the game is named after one of its code scanning tools that is called Astute Explorer.

Players are expected to identify the cracked code and identify its vulnerabilities. Once they have found the flaws players must explain how and why they might be exploited and offer fixes.

GCHQ reckons that this adds up to a great day out to play and is a good means of testing players mettle.

"GCHQ, as the UK's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, is pleased to have been able to develop an original game for the Cyber Security Challenge," said Chris Ensor, deputy director for GCHQ's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance.

"We have designed Astute Explorer to really test candidates' cyber security skills. At GCHQ, like many other high tech organisations, we recognise the need for a skilled workforce which is why we are delighted to once again support the Cyber Security Challenge to inspire the next generation of cyber security talent." µ


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