Top UK hackers compete for GCHQ-sponsored cybersecurity prize

The hacking challenge hopes to attract articulate and talented contestants to fill a UK-wide skills gap in tech security

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Alex Hern theguardian.com, Thursday 30 January 2014 11.04 GMT

Two contestants brief PWC’s Andrew Miller on Koffee Café’s problems, while Alex Hern observes in the background. Photograph: Rupert Hartley

Koffee Cafe has a problem: its website, while just about useable for the small coffee chain, is held together with string, chewing gum and hope.

For the past few years, it’s survived because no one important has bothered to pay attention to it, but that’s due to change. A multinational coffee chain has expressed interest in an acquisition, and now the auditors are being brought in to make sure there aren’t any hidden dangers. If they look hard enough, they’ll find some blinders.

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