Friday, 5 October 2012

Daily Telegraph: "Code breakers are a ‘rum set of fellows’ says GCHQ boss"

Link to Daily Telegraph

"Iain Lobban, the director of the top secret listening station in Cheltenham, Gloucs, said he does not like the term 'eccentric' and does not tell his workers 'how to live their lives'.

"... He made his comments in a speech to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing, the godfather of the Engima code-breakers and one of the founders of modern computing, who committed suicide in 1954, two years after he was prosecuted for homosexuality.

"... When he was put on trial, Hugh Alexander, the head of cryptanalysis at GCHQ, told the court that Turing was a 'national asset'.

The head of GCHQ described Turing as a 'founder of the Information Age', whose work influenced everything from washing machines to smart phones. If he was working today, he would be working on fending off cyber attacks."

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