Canada's electronic spy agency is recruiting hackers to be the next cyber James Bond.
The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) wants to expand its spying team by at least a third over the next 18 months because of what it describes as "work pressures".
The CSE monitors foreign radio, telephone, fax, satellite and computer traffic to find data of interest to police defence and trade policies.
Demand for the agency's expertise has mushroomed since security jumped to the top of the national agenda in the aftermath of the September terrorist attacks on the US.
The Canadian government recently gave the agency an extra $280m to hire new staff.
A CSE spokeswoman maintained that the agency needed more office space to house the new spooks. "To our knowledge, this is the biggest [recruitment] in our history," she said.
The agency is looking to hire hackers and IT security consultants who can sift through masses of encrypted messages. It also needs security experts who can make government institutions more secure, she said.
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