UK Domestic Spy Agency is Recruiting Hackers

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UK spy outfit MI5 is looking for hackers, the ones which can do some work for them and not the ones they want to arrest. The extra secretive security agency has posted two job adverts on its official site. The agency is looking for the kind of technical experts who can penetrate networks.  The jobs being offered are ICT Specialist which is a more general post while the IT Security Exploitation Officer position raises a lot of suspicion.

The posts reads

They IT Security Exploitation Officers  a good understanding of present technical threats, are able to demonstrate real insight into current mainstream software platforms and are able to identify weaknesses and countermeasures. IT Security Exploitation Officers have experience in areas such as Incident Response, Penetration Testing, Network Auditing, Systems Administration and Information Security Certifications such as SANS, CISSP, and CREST.

MI5 which i the domestic intelligence body seems to be looking for people with the technical skills to ‘identify weaknesses’ in systems. The agency has uploaded a quick quiz for would-be applicants to test their knowledge.  The quiz is not a formal part of the application process.

The ICT Specialist on the other hand is expected to have skills in computer forensics, network security, network penetration testing, and software development on both Linux and Windows platforms.

The salary offered for both posts ranges between £27,000 and £36,000 depending on experience of the applicant.

Written by Robert

Respected Kenyan blogger, tech evangelist, and social justice activist. Robert is known for his hard-hitting articles and opinions disseminated through his Twitter handle @RobertAlai or Facebook page (

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