Canadian spooks to hire hackers

Tuesday, 14 May 2002, 12:45 PM EST

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) wants to expand its spying team by at least a third over the next 18 months because of what it describes as "work pressures".

The CSE monitors foreign radio, telephone, fax, satellite and computer traffic to find data of interest to police defence and trade policies.

Demand for the agency's expertise has mushroomed since security jumped to the top of the national agenda in the aftermath of the September terrorist attacks on the US.

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