Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) recruitment website launched

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The Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) have launched a recruitment website.

Their colleagues and rivals (certainly for foreign language speaking staff) at MI5 the Security Service appear to have a more sensible website which at least offers SSL/TLS encrypted web contact forms.

SIS only offer a couple of snail mail PO Boxes:

"Members of the public who wish to contact SIS from the UK may do so via PO Box 1300, London SE1 1BD.

SIS has opened a special PO Box for job applications to the Service - PO Box 1301, London SE1 5UD."

which are pretty much an automatic betrayal of any people in foreign countries (British or foreign nationals) who might wish to offer their services to the UK Government.

The SIS website offers English, Spanish, Russian, French, Arabic and Chinese language versions of their website. The MI5 website only has English and Arabic versions.


My grandad was with millitary intelligence and he told me you sent him to kill people. he took evidence of those events and i'am going to publish them. you destroyed my grandad

@ Mark - Spy Blog has never heard of your grandfather !

"Military intelligence" does not necessarily mean MI6 the Secret Intelligence Service either, unless you are referring to the pre-World War 1 era.

hi, i'm intrested in becoming a spy for the government. i'm 15 years old and will sit my GCSEs in may and i was just wondering what A levels to take and what requirements you have to become an agent.
i've seen programs on TV like spooks and alias but i know that its totally different from real life.

may i have a job in mi6 i am 13 and i will be a great help to my country because nobody expects a 13 year old

hi i am 18 this year and i am currently sitting my AS levels, i have 13 gcses behind me and will hopefully pass my AS electronics, computing and sculpture next year i hope to sit A level computing, AS level physics, p.e, english language and geography. i am an ex karate instructer and also partake in kickboxing, please could you tell me where i might be able to apply to be a spy in the MI6, thank you and if i have the right qualifications?

@ myfanwy - as this article says at the top, SIS / MI6 have a recruitment website

which sets out their requirements.

They seem to have an "equal opportunities" recruitment target to meet according to the Daily Mail: MI6 woos 'Jane Bonds' with offers of family-friendly employment

Web search engines, especially their tendency not to forget seemingly trivial personal details, are a double edged sword for people hoping to work in secretive organisations.

im the biggest coke taker in derby and i have a big white van i could take on drug dealers and then tie them up in my big van and bring them to you

@ tyrone - is that a confession ?

I am looking for a challenge and intesting work am committed to make changes. I am British first and asian through heritage. I spaek urdu punjabi and am female. I am 40 and have three children.

i would like to join so that i can be able to serve humanity.iam an acturial science student currently finishing ma 2nd 20 years of age.can speak english,kiswahili fluently and also abit of kikuyu.

hi i was wondering if i could do work experienece in mi6. This would give me real "on the job experience" to show me if the job would be right for me. Please email me back with regards Tim

I wish to be given a chance to work for SIS and to help fight against terrorism and crime,can u give me that life changing chance?

Send us your CVs and we will pass them on if we think that they are potentially of use.

Do try to make use of our Spy Blog PGP Public Encryption key (if you do not know what this is, are you sure you are suited for this sort of career ?)

I'm not sure any of the above are suited to this sort of career since they either mistake this blog for MI6 itself, or lack the discretion expected of a would be spy.

wtwu - are you aware that you are quoted on the BNP's website re CCTV cameras?

@ Nur Mi - have tried telling people, to no avail, that they are breaking the first rule of recruitment to any intelligence agency, by announcing to the online searchable internet search engine archives, which are being preserved indefinitely, their intention or interest in being recruited, something which could haunt them in later life, even if they never go through with it now.

There is also the possibility of a "joe job" online reputation attack, trying to associate someone else's name with something disreputable or illegal (working for MI6 is neither of these things if you are UK citizen, but may well be deemed to be so, if you are in a foreign country).

The quote is taken, selectively and without attribution, from the Daily Mail, (also reported in the Daily Telegraph) which followed up an Evening Standard story, which followed up a local North London newspaper reporter's investigative counting of the number of visible cameras along one stretch of road (who is the only one of those journalists who actually asked for a comment). The rest of the propaganda piece adds its own spin by claiming that this is a bad area etc., which none of the newspapers claimed.

I could complain, but to do so, would give the BNP too much of the oxygen of publicity.

is this web encrypted, i mean safe...?
wonder what about foreigners sending CV's from abroad, that info may be captured by their own countries...

it's always been my dream to work for your orginisation,i beleive i know i have the skills to work for sis i seem to have a gift, the ability to read peoples thought through the way they walk the way they behave under diffferent circumstances and how people show and hide different emotions i have an eye for detail and i'm very alert.

Hi im 16 and i want to be a spy.ive done my gcse's and finished school, but i dont know what i can do to become apart of mi6. So could you please help me!

iam an indian soldier

Dear to whom this may concern. I have always had great passion for both my country and my work. I have a degree in both spanish and econmics, i am also well trained in both french and russian. I am sure you will agree that I am the perfect candidate for the job. Yours sincerely, Miss Klee.

I am rory I like MI6 I want to be like that chave out of stormbreaker.

Gostaria de trabalhar para o MI6, como devo fazer? Posso ser um espião, mesmo sendo brasileiro?

This blog isn't to recruit people, it is to inform people that the recruitment website for Mi6/SIS is open.

i am only 11 but you might need a small spy

Age:38 years
Status:married,with two children.
Languages:Bulgarian,English,Russian - fluent.
Macedonian and Serbian - good command.
Education:Magister in Economics/economic university ,Sofia/.
1997-2004 National Service for Protection,
rank:captain,close protection officer.
2005-2007 close protection officer of bussinemen.
June,2007 - General Services Manger,"Nestle Bulgaria".

hello, my name is above, im 16 and have found this website interesting, and if possible, would like to know the age limit to apply for the sis. please let me know as i couldn't find it on the site. thanks

@ Daryn - the answer to your question is easy enough to find online under the Careers section of the MI6/SiS website

How did you miss it ?

@ Zahid - your comments have been unpublished because:

can you send informayion to the following adress [redacted]
How is publishing your (or even someone else's) street address , district, city and post code, onto a world wide web site, which is indexed by search engines etc., so that this information will be visible for the forseeable future, in any way compatible with working as a "spy" ?

If you betray your own details so easily like this, then how can you be trusted with any secrets ?

you need people like me that are british asian born and can get to places where english cant .you cant rely on spy ware gadegts all the time

Very true, in our amateur opinion - but who knows what the real level and relative effectiveness of human intelligence versus technical gadgetry employed by the British agencies actually is.

also being of asian herritage and british born i speak urdu punjabi

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ etc are all competing for British born people with such language skills, even if the pay is not exactly generous.

and have been to many muslim countries

You may now find this a lot more difficult, and potentially more dangerous, if you are suspected of being a British intelligence agent or wannabe, by foreign governments and groups, who also have access to internet search engines.

i would like to become a seceret agent because i am quite , discreet amd very fit and also being of asian herritage i and being born in england isoeak punjabi (and only at 10 years old)

@ aisha - how is posting your name and intentions on a public website, which is indexed by Google and other search engines, in any way discreet ?

I despair.

hi im 12 but you may think i have no chance whats so ever of joining the sis but i have a range of qualities such as speaking 4 diffrent languages and i am currently on ablack belt in karate and iam in year 8 in aschool in small heath i got triple 5 in my sat it would be a dream to work for the mi6
thank you for reading.

fantastic,hopefully one day this child can join the police he would be an asset,or maybe the goverment as a MP.go to my website for great security jobs.

i am a hgv driver i have been all over the world with my job i think i am the perfect man for the job you need some one like me who blend in i am 44 and normale

I am a citizen of southern Ireland.I would love to get the chance to apply to MI6.Can I?

To everyone here, first you will never be recruited into the SIS if you tell even your wife/husband, let alone broadcast it all over the Internet. Second, you will go through at least a six month vetting period which is extremely invasive for obvious reasons, and will likely sit group and individual testing, and psychological testing. Also, most of the comments here have terrible spelling and grammar, and that would probably cross you off the list automatically.

To get employment with the SIS you don't necessarily need the classic languages and history or government/international affairs kind of degree. They would also be looking for techies with degrees in engineering and computer science.

Lots of intelligence services are looking for people who can do the "Q" type jobs.

Hope that helps...

I am an ex-servicemen wanting to join the security service. i have a good track record of security consultance. itrained in diverse condition and have the skilss of an close protection operative and variuos operation techniques. i would like to here from you to apply for the srevice and to demonstrate my qualities.

its sad that non british nationals don't qualify!

Have an Italian who would work for you, maybe help in the fight against terrorism,I' m from Cagliari, in Sardinia island,have you someone who controls this area? We are at the center of the Mediterranean Could you comfortable? If you have an e-mail address you send the curriculum.I thank you in advance

i would like join as your point man

i am a nigeria wish to be part of the mi6 agent to british govt and to serve with all mine interest if am given the oppurtunity at any point in time.anywhere

l was born 31/Dec/1978 North London, Mill hill from African familly. Both my parents came from east Africa.What it takes for person like me to join your organisation. l have been in tha Army for 4yrs and due to sign off end of this year.



Seems to me that we're in a bit of trouble here. If this is the general standard of applicant and application I think we'd better abandon all notion of Defence of the Realm.

Then again, Her Majesty's enemies may be completely confused if these people do manage to join the Security Services. A sort of double blind, then.

@ Chuck - hopefully the rival / enemy intelligence agencies also get this standard of potential recruits as well.

SIS does have some sponsored search phrases e.g. "MI6 recruitment" which place their official careers information website right at the top of some Google searches, but, apparently, that is too sophisticated for some people.


"hopefully the rival / enemy intelligence agencies also get this standard of potential recruits as well".

Dear God I hope you're right. But somehow it's unlikely, I think. Still, we'll always have the CIA to help us in our hour of need, won't we, eh?

Yes, time to sort out the old Andersen Shelter in the back garden, I think. I knew it would come in handy one day. And fortunately there are some pill-boxes nearby which still stand.

I am very intersted in becoming a part of your team please could you get back to me and help or advise me how to achieve this


@ Boredom - it seems unlikely that someone apparently from Tarrant County College in Texas, would meet the SIS staff recruitment criteria.

Do you really want Google and other search engines to remember, forever into the future, that you have offered to spy for a foreign intelligence agency ?

hey im 16 and i want to be a spy for thre country

iam fromwest yorksire and i reallly wnt to be spy

WTF what a laugh! Ive just come across your web page and read all the above postings, these muppets are under the impression that they are sending messages to the intelligence services and dont realise they are infact posting their messages on a web page, lol.
Ever thought of exploiting some of these muppets? Get them to send you money for an information pack for example and then return to them some blank paper, tell them its written in invisible spy ink and as part of the selection they have to work out how to make it appear, if they don't succeed in this basic task they have failed selection and are not to contact you again! Worth a try and judging by some of the gullible people above you'll make a small fortune.

i am 19, living in London and i have a visa from home office and it takes 5 years for me become british,I have most usefull knowledge such as Russian language expect my language persian, i am studing Electronic and communication Beng ,if search on internet you will get London Met on a First level , i am good at math, IT and the most important thing Communication with people ,i am sure and confident person about my ability i like to work for SIS "MI6,MI5" or GCHQ i know what they are. you should be british to apply but my ability will Cover it i wish you offer me a chance to test myself,I need you help me get throw, and i have big plan may become real by getting help from you.
I want to be somebody who is changing.

GOOD DAY gentlepeople of world .I can't tell my name because i think and act as an agent now itself.Iam not a britain citizen but i want to be.I will be loyal to you.According to the prophecies of nostrahdamus world war 3 is confirmed and we have to defend our country.Hence spot our agent. my name is posted in anagram.

i would like to join the french or english secret service because i was inspired by the Cherub books and i think i could qualfy as a agent in the future

hi, im 16 and recently moved to ireland to continue my education I have always been a great fan of secret agents in the secret intellegence and would like to know waht qualifications I need to get into the field of operational offesrs or target spy's. And the age limit required to join.

Please let me know ...

my name is joel and i am 12 years old i am smart and have a been wondering if there is any seceret organisation for teenagers i know it might sound mad but i have been doing some research and i know their is one please contact me asap.

hi i want to join u . can i. iam from india but i like to be secret angent . iam 17 . i want to work because i want to monet fro my education which i will earn by doing some good work.

I am a young man of 32, I am a Nigerian, and also a pastor, I wish to join this services in order to help in reducing crime and other vices in the society.

my name is Umar Dan-abu, i,m 28 years old and also a graduate. i,ll like to join the sis so as to render my services in the fight against terrorism and humanitarian abuse

i wanna work for m16,that's my dream, i wanna protect all peoples, defeat terorists, and find solucions for all problems that peoples had try to defeat and be a genious,
because i respect the human rights and i want to people now that one men can make the diference but all peoples can build a universe with courageous,and honor.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a thirteen year old boy who would be very interested in becoming a member of MI6 or any other secret service organization.
I have recently had my careers night at school and would like to ask what subjects at degree level would give me the greatest chance of securing employment with the SIS.
Once I know what subjects I require then I can look into what universities I can approach when the time comes.
I do not know if you respond to individual emails but I would be most grateful if you could help out with some information./
Yours sincerely,
Dhugal Paterrson

Heyy, i'm 14 and thinking about joining SIS in futre life, but don't know whitch subjects to choose. Can somebody help me out please??

@ Wez 09 - You should probably study internet security and anonymity tradecraft, how not to rely on just the first page of Google search engine query results, how web search engine database data retention policies affect future background employment or security vetting checks, and English language spelling.

Hi my name is James im almost 16 and i have taken an intrest SIS and i have excellent tactics i speak english and a little japanese i took an interest in SIS cause i want to escape my the life im in and start a new as a young Agent at MI6 and would like to apply if possible

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Financial Cryptography - Ian Grigg et al.

UK Liberty - A blog on issues relating to liberty in the UK

Big Brother State - "a small act of resistance" to the "sustained and systematic attack on our personal freedom, privacy and legal system"

HosReport - "Crisis. Conspiraciones. Enigmas. Conflictos. Espionaje." - Carlos Eduardo Hos (in Spanish)

"Give 'em hell Pike!" - Frank Fisher

Corruption-free Anguilla - Good Governance and Corruption in Public Office Issues in the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla in the West Indies - Don Mitchell CBE QC

geeklawyer - intellectual property, civil liberties and the legal system

PJC Journal - I am not a number, I am a free Man - The Prisoner

Charlie's Diary - Charlie Stross

The Caucus House - blog of the Chicago International Model United Nations

Famous for 15 Megapixels

Postman Patel

The 4th Bomb: Tavistock Sq Daniel's 7:7 Revelations - Daniel Obachike

OurKingdom - part of OpenDemocracy - " will discuss Britain’s nations, institutions, constitution, administration, liberties, justice, peoples and media and their principles, identity and character"

Beau Bo D'Or blog by an increasingly famous digital political cartoonist.

Between Both Worlds - "Thoughts & Ideas that Reflect the Concerns of Our Conscious Evolution" - Kingsley Dennis

Bloggerheads: The Alisher Usmanov Affair - the rich Uzbek businessman and his shyster lawyers Schillings really made a huge counterproductive error in trying to censor the blogs of Tim Ireland, of all people.

Matt Wardman political blog analysis

Henry Porter on Liberty - a leading mainstream media commentator and opinion former who is doing more than most to help preserve our freedom and liberty.

HMRC is shite - "dedicated to the taxpayers of Britain, and the employees of the HMRC, who have to endure the monumental shambles that is Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC)."

Head of Legal - Carl Gardner a former legal advisor to the Government

The Landed Underclass - Voice of the Banana Republic of Great Britain

Henrik Alexandersson - Swedish blogger threatened with censorship by the Försvarets Radioanstalt (FRA), the Swedish National Defence Radio Establishement, their equivalent of the UK GCHQ or the US NSA.

World's First Fascist Democracy - blog with link to a Google map - "This map is an attempt to take a UK wide, geographical view, of both the public and the personal effect of State sponsored fear and distrust as seen through the twisted technological lens of petty officials and would be bureaucrats nationwide."

Blogoir - Charles Crawford - former UK Ambassodor to Poland etc.

No CCTV - The Campaign against CCTV

Barcode Nation - keeping two eyes on the database state.

Lords of the Blog - group blog by half a dozen or so Peers sitting in the House of Lords.

notes from the ubiquitous surveillance society - blog by Dr. David Murakami Wood, editor of the online academic journal Surveillance and Society

Justin Wylie's political blog

Panopticon blog - by Timothy Pitt-Payne and Anya Proops. Timothy Pitt-Payne is probably the leading legal expert on the UK's Freedom of Information Act law, often appearing on behlaf of the Information Commissioner's Office at the Information Tribunal.

Other Links

Spam Huntress - The Norwegian Spam Huntress - Ann Elisabeth

Fuel Crisis Blog - Petrol over £1 per litre ! Protest !
Mayor of London Blog
London Olympics 2012 - NO !!!!

Cool Britannia

Identity Cards Bill clause by clause analysis and comments


Free Gary McKinnon - UK citizen facing extradition to the USA for "hacking" over 90 US Military computer systems.

Parliament Protest - information and discussion on peaceful resistance to the arbitrary curtailment of freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, in the excessive Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 Designated Area around Parliament Square in London.

RIPA Consultations

RIPA Part III consultation blog - Government access to Encrypted Information and Encryption Keys.

RIPA Part I Chapter II consultation blog - Government access and disclosure of Communications Traffic Data

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UK Legislation

The United Kingdom suffers from tens of thousands of pages of complicated criminal laws, and thousands of new, often unenforceable criminal offences, which have been created as a "Pretend to be Seen to Be Doing Something" response to tabloid media hype and hysteria, and political social engineering dogmas. These overbroad, catch-all laws, which remove the scope for any judicial appeals process, have been rubber stamped, often without being read, let alone properly understood, by Members of Parliament.

The text of many of these Acts of Parliament are now online, but it is still too difficult for most people, including the police and criminal justice system, to work out the cumulative effect of all the amendments, even for the most serious offences involving national security or terrorism or serious crime.

Many MPs do not seem to bother to even to actually read the details of the legislation which they vote to inflict on us.

UK Legislation Links

UK Statute Law Database - is the official revised edition of the primary legislation of the United Kingdom made available online, but it is not yet up to date.

UK Commissioners

UK Commissioners some of whom are meant to protect your privacy and investigate abuses by the bureaucrats.

UK Intelligence Agencies

intelligence_gov_uk_150.gif - Cabinet Office hosted portal website to various UK Intelligence Agencies and UK Government intelligence committees and Commissioners etc.

Anti-terrorism hotline - links removed in protestClimate of Fear propaganda posters

MI5 Security Service
MI5 Security Service - links to encrypted reporting form removed in protest at the Climate of Fear propaganda posters

syf_logo_120.gif Secure Your Ferliliser logo
Secure Your Fertiliser - advice on ammonium nitrate and urea fertiliser security

cpni_logo_150.gif Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure
Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure - "CPNI provides expert advice to the critical national infrastructure on physical, personnel and information security, to protect against terrorism and other threats."

SIS MI6 careers_logo_sis.gif
Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) recruitment.

Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ

Serious Organised Crime Agency - have cut themselves off from direct contact with the public and businesses - no phone - no email

Defence Advisory (DA) Notice system - voluntary self censorship by the established UK press and broadcast media regarding defence and intelligence topics via the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee.

netcu_logo_150.gif National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit
National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit - keeps a watch on animal extremists, genetically modified crop protesters, peace protesters etc.
(some people think that the word salad of acronyms means that NETCU is a spoof website)

Campaign Button Links

Watching Them, Watching Us - UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign
UK Public CCTV Surveillance Regulation Campaign

NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card
NO2ID Campaign - cross party opposition to the NuLabour Compulsory Biometric ID Card and National Identity Register centralised database.

Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.
Gary McKinnon is facing extradition to the USA under the controversial Extradition Act 2003, without any prima facie evidence or charges brought against him in a UK court. Try him here in the UK, under UK law.

FreeFarid_150.jpg - Kafkaesque extradition of Farid Hilali under the European Arrest Warrant to Spain

Peaceful resistance to the curtailment of our rights to Free Assembly and Free Speech in the SOCPA Designated Area around Parliament Square and beyond
Parliament Protest blog - resistance to the Designated Area restricting peaceful demonstrations or lobbying in the vicinity of Parliament.

Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans
Data Retention is No Solution - Petition to the European Commission and European Parliament against their vague Data Retention plans.

Save Parliament: Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)
Save Parliament - Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (and other issues)

Open Rights Group

The Big Opt Out Campaign - opt out of having your NHS Care Record medical records and personal details stored insecurely on a massive national centralised database.

Tor - the onion routing network
Tor - the onion routing network - "Tor aims to defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal anonymity and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security. Communications are bounced around a distributed network of servers called onion routers, protecting you from websites that build profiles of your interests, local eavesdroppers that read your data or learn what sites you visit, and even the onion routers themselves."

Tor - the onion routing network
Anonymous Blogging with Wordpress and Tor - useful Guide published by Global Voices Advocacy with step by step software configuration screenshots (updated March 10th 2009).

Amnesty International's campaign

BlogSafer - wiki with multilingual guides to anonymous blogging

NGO in a box - Security Edition privacy and security software tools

Home Office Watch blog, "a single repository of all the shambolic errors and mistakes made by the British Home Office compiled from Parliamentary Questions, news reports, and tip-offs by the Liberal Democrat Home Affairs team."

Reporters Without Borders - Reporters Sans Frontières - campaign for journalists 'and bloggers' freedom in repressive countries and war zones.

Committee to Protect Bloggers - "devoted to the protection of bloggers worldwide with a focus on highlighting the plight of bloggers threatened and imprisoned by their government."

Icelanders are NOT terrorists ! - despite Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling's use of anti-terrorism legislation to seize the assets of Icelandic banks.

No CCTV - The Campaign Against CCTV


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