Can You Decode The NSA's Recruitment Tweet?

Unique recruitment strategy puts code-breakers to the test

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If a potential employer were to say, "Tpfccdlfdtte pcaccplircdt dklpcfrp?" would that mean anything to you? That's exactly what the National Security Agency is asking in a recent, cryptic tweet, which encourages followers to use their code-breaking skills to uncover a career-oriented message.

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Come again?

No, the NSA's social media guy hasn't been drunk-tweeting, as Gizmodo suggested. The Daily Dot managed to decode the tweet using code-breaking site QuipQuip (note: not an official NSA tool), so stop reading now if you want to put your own skills to the test.

Ready? Here goes:
Want to know what it takes to work at NSA? Check back each Monday in May as we explore career essentials to protect our nation.

As secret messages go, that's perhaps a bit more mundane than we might have hoped. But it's still an undoubtedly intriguing recruitment strategy, a hell of a lot more interesting than a generic "wanted" ad.

"NSA is known as the code makers and the code breakers," NSA spokeswoman Marci Green Miller told the Daily Dot. "As part of our recruitment efforts to attract the best and the brightest, we will post mission-related coded tweets on Mondays in the month of May."

So, there you go: your tweet-based mission, should you choose to accept it.

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Mack Gelber

Mack Gelber

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Mack Gelber is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who has covered entertainment for AOL TV, and contributed fiction to Joyland Magazine and the Bushwick Review. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he studied creative writing. Twitter: @mackgelber

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