Germany’s foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has taken an innovative approach to recruiting cyber talent by launching a non-fungible token collection (NFT) on the theme of dogs with a treasure hunt in the chain. In early June, the BND unveiled the “Dogs of BND” collection, which includes 999 dog-inspired NFTs representing the agency’s guard and security dogs and various intelligence functions.
To participate in the treasure hunt and collect the NFTs, interested parties must discover a specific string that the BND posted on Instagram that directs them to an Ethereum address. This information serves as the key to unlocking the collection and allows participants to mint their own NFTs. BND’s intention with this unique initiative is to identify and attract cybersecurity talent.
In an interview with the German crypto magazine BTC-Echo on June 19th, the BND explained that while most of the NFTs in the collection are readily available, 12 of them are currently unwinnable. The agency plans to introduce more challenging tasks in the future and obtain these exclusive tokens as the ultimate reward. One possibility being considered is a smart-contract hacking challenge that would require participants to demonstrate their technical expertise.
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Since the NFT collection “Dogs of BND” gained attention, there has been an increase in the minimum price and trading volume
Between June 21st and 22nd, the minimum price increased from 0.000001 Ether (ETH) to 0.052 ETH, which is equivalent to about $100. Despite the significant increase in value, liquidity in the collection remains relatively low. On June 21st, the total trading volume of the collection reached about 1 ETH, indicating that only about 20 NFTs were purchased by collectors.
BND’s creative approach to recruitment demonstrates the agency’s adaptability and willingness to explore new avenues for talent acquisition. By capitalizing on the growing popularity of NFTs and combining them with a treasure hunt, the BND aims to attract individuals with cybersecurity skills and a passion for cryptography. This initiative not only demonstrates the agency’s forward-thinking mindset but also highlights the growing recognition of the value and potential of blockchain technology within the intelligence community.
As the “Dogs of BND” collection continues to gain traction, it will be interesting to see how the NFT market evolves and whether BND’s innovative recruiting strategy proves successful in identifying talented individuals who can contribute to the agency’s cybersecurity efforts.
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