Heard on The News Quiz

From GCHQ’s careers website, read by Jeremy Hardy:

“GCHQ is heavily dependent on its use of technology in order to execute its vital intelligence mission. An increasingly rapidly changing digital world demands a furious pace of innovation in our technical systems. We achieve this with the support of modern technologies, the right skills and an appetite to learn. Please submit a CV in Word format – please note at present we do not have the software to read Word 2007 documents.”


  1. February 14, 2010

    Heh. That sounds about right. =:o}

  2. February 14, 2010

    So they can intercept terrorist communications as long as they don’t use Word 2007?

  3. chris
    February 14, 2010

    I would have been a lot more impressed if it had said “Please apply by placing your CV on the web – anywhere, we’ll find it”

  4. February 15, 2010

    I am so comforted by their incompetance. It’s not as though anyone would ever hide anythng nasty like a virus in a Word document…

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