Mossad inaugurates ingenious employment drive for hiring new cyber warriors

Day before Israel’s Independence Day, its top spy agency publishes employment ad that included coded text, urging the possible candidates to crack the code for a position in Mossad’s cyber division.

By Shlomo Cesana


The Mossad wants you — if you can figure out what this says. That is the message of the Israeli spy agency’s latest campaign to recruit cyber workers, which it launched on the eve of Independence Day.

Are you ready for a challenge?

The campaign ad, which includes coded text, aims to seek out potential employees for the Mossad’s cyber division and for other special jobs.

The ad debuted in Israel Hayom and other Israeli publications on Wednesday and features two parts: one hidden, the other exposed. The exposed section features the Mossad symbol, the menorah, and the verse from Proverbs 11:14 the agency uses as its motto: “Where there is no guidance, the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.” The ad also features computer code comprising English letters and numbers, along with the English text, “Are you ready for a challenge?”

The part that remains hidden is aimed at programmers and hackers, and tells the story of an agent in trouble who is trying to open the door. The idea behind the ad is that anyone who can read the hidden text should contact the Mossad, thus undergoing an original entrance and selection exercise even before the initial screen process.

The Mossad is constantly looking for appropriate candidates for its missions, and cyberspace is considered the hottest war zone. Ads such as this one are a less widely accepted recruitment method, but are used by other spy agencies. Other than the Mossad, cyber units operate as part of the military, the Shin Bet security agency, and the Israel Police, all of which want to enlist talented professionals.

The Mossad’s official website serves mainly as a recruiting tool, listing openings in four fields. Various qualities are sought in candidates, but all are required to demonstrate courage, cunning, insight and creativity.


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