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Duncan Gardham
London Telegraph
July 14, 2011

GCHQ is losing “whizz kid” specialists to Google, Microsoft, and Amazon because they can triple their pay, the head of the agency has warned.

Iain Lobban, the director of GCHQ, the intelligence agency responsible for listening into the chatter of foreign spies and terrorists, has said he can offer his staff a “fantastic mission” but struggles with salaries.

Some of the most challenging work that GCHQ undertakes is to fight off cyber attacks by foreign intelligence agencies such as China and Russia that are targeting gas, water and electricity suppliers in Britain, according to the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee.

In comments carried in the committee’s annual report, Mr Lobban said: “I need some real internet whizzes in order to do cyber and I am not even sure they are even on the contractor market, so I need to work on that.

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