The NSA: Fostering a New Generation of Code Breakers
Posted on May 6, 2006
The presumed next head of the CIA, Gen. Michael Hayden, once ran the National Security Agency. Fine. But check out the home page of the NSA’s website: It’s got a cartoon picture that leads to a kid-friendly site called Cryptokids: America’s Future Codemakers and Codebreakers. It’s filled with decryption games and NSA employment resources.
Huh? Cartoons appeal to 7-year-olds. How many of them are going to be surfing the NSA’s website? And if the agency is trying to recruit high school students, why use a cartoon turtle as a roper?
This is the front-page image of the U.S. National Security Agency’s kid-friendly portal.