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This article was published on May 16, 2016

UK intelligence agency joins Twitter, immediately follows James Bond

UK intelligence agency joins Twitter, immediately follows James Bond

GCHQ, one of the UK’s intelligence agencies concerned with communications, code-breaking and cyber-snooping, has joined Twitter.

While it might seem an odd move – what was once considered a top secret agency taking to a very public platform – it’s by no means the first time that GCHQ has tried to harness its public image. In December, the organization’s Christmas card, made up of a series of increasingly complex puzzles, was let loose.

In February, GCHQ had to give the answer to the hardest puzzles, as no-one had managed to solve them in more than half a million attempts.

To mark its foray into social, GCHQ went for an old coding fallback for its first tweet: ‘Hello, world.’

GCHQ says that its new feed will be used to “talk about our history, mission outcomes, languages, maths, cyber security, technology and innovation, job opportunities and as a way of signposting events, publications, news, blogs, and opinion pieces.”

An yes, there will be new brain teasers and puzzles for you to pore over, despite your abysmal performance last time around.

Let’s just hope there aren’t too many events like the CIA’s recent recapping of the night it killed Osama Bin Laden.


From looking at the first accounts that the organization has chosen to follow though, it looks like it has its social priorities in order.