The SAS hackers’ camouflage was blown … by a job advertisement

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The cover of the SAS hacker squad is broken by a job advertisement: Special Forces draw up a list for 33,000 pounds a year to work for the secret Computer Network Operations Exploitation Unit

  • Advertisement for work in the Computer Network Operations Exploitation Unit
  • The Hereford role required an “exceptionally talented electronics engineer”
  • Job was intended for the British Special Forces tasked with hacking for the SAS










A Department of Defense job advertisement accidentally revealed the existence of a SAS hacking squad.

The role of working with the secret Computer Network Operations Exploitation Unit worth £ 33,000 a year was announced earlier this month.

Based in Hereford, the role required an “extraordinarily talented electronics engineer”. [sic] “To work with some of the best scientists and engineers” to “deliver solutions directly to the soldiers and officers of a unique and specialized military unit”.

In the job posting, which has now been removed from the MoD website, the unit was referred to as MAB5 – understood as the code name for British special forces hacking for the SAS.

The role of working with the secret Computer Network Operations Exploitation Unit worth £ 33,000 a year was announced earlier this month

A phone number on the ad, uncovered by researcher Alan Turnbull from the Secret Bases website, is for the SAS barracks in Credenhill, Hereford, and the zip code points to the Pontrilas training area of ​​the SAS.

It is also described as a “small military unit that specializes in providing novel and groundbreaking scientific and technological prototypes” for military operations and consists mainly of “officials who are the most talented scientists and engineers in defense.”

The new recruit works a 37-hour week and is supposed to offer SAS soldiers “quick solutions” in order to give them an “operational advantage over their increasingly far-reaching and technically advanced opponent”. The team is led by a lieutenant colonel whose email address is listed at the bottom of the job page.

The officer, originally a member of the Royal Corps of Signals, was awarded a medal for outstanding service “within the Special Forces” in 2013.

A phone number on the ad, uncovered by researcher Alan Turnbull from the Secret Bases website, refers to the SAS barracks in Credenhill, Hereford, and the zip code refers to the SAS's Pontrilas training area.  (Pictured, SAS members storm the Iranian embassy)

A phone number on the ad, uncovered by researcher Alan Turnbull from the Secret Bases website, is for the SAS barracks in Credenhill, Hereford, and the zip code points to the Pontrilas training area of ​​the SAS. (Pictured, SAS members storm the Iranian embassy)

The Pontrilas base in Herefordshire, where the unit is located, includes a 200-yard firing range dug into the hillside, a Boeing 747 for hostage crisis practice, and hand-to-hand combat training ranges. Hundreds of pine trees were felled and thousands of tons of earth were dug to make way for the site.

Part of the state-of-the-art complex was reportedly built underground to lessen the threat of an al-Qaeda attack – and to reduce the noise caused by explosions and constant gunfire during the exercises.

A Defense Department spokesman said: “We do not comment on the activities of the special forces.”

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