“Trust me, there was little proficiency needed to find the page, which, since it was widely reported, has been taken down,” said Whittaker.
He added that he did not apply for the job, which has now been removed.
Apple is not the first organisation to seek new technical talent in innovative ways. The use of puzzles and cryptic challenges to find people skilled in security stretches back to World War Two, when code breaking site Bletchley Park published puzzles in newspapers.
Britain’s security agency GCHQ is also known for using online quizzes in recruitment drives and, in 2015, it ran a nationwide campaign with cryptic graffiti.