Hackers for hire: Danish Defense Intelligence Service creates training academy for hackers

Denmark is urgently looking to hire cyber-security experts

Denmark’s Defence Intelligence Service is the country’s official spy agency. They are working to develop a training academy to develop cyber-security experts.

The country has fought off a number of high-profile cyber attacks in recent times. Their foreign ministry was targeted by a phishing attack which lasted for more than seven months. The Danish Parliament’s website was hit by so many cyber attacks it crashed in December 2015.

Ads, designed by the country’s intelligence service, began to appear in newspapers in March of this year. The ads asked “Do you have what it takes to become a member of a secret elite force?”

Requirements for the post includes well-developed programming abilities, math and logical intelligence, and a clean criminal record. The goal of the program is to educate hackers to boost local cyber security, fend off attacks, and possibly even hack into the systems of attackers. Academy recruits will work on defensive as well as offensive hacker techniques during the almost five month course at the academy.

“We are looking for people who have the core competencies that we can develop further,” says Lars Findsen, the head of the intelligence service. “They don’t need formal education or qualifications. They can be natural hacker talents. More than anything they need to keep going until they have cracked the codes. There are no limitations.”

Successful applicants will be trained up on counterintelligence, with a focus on decrypting communications and hacking terrorist’s networks.