New White House website includes a hidden recruitment message for coders

Joseph Biden (L), takes the Oath of Office with wife Jill holding the family bible as Vice President of the United States on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2009. Barack Obama became the first black U.S. president on Tuesday and declared it is time to set aside petty differences and embark on a new era of responsibility to repair the country and its image abroad.   REUTERS/Chuck Kennedy/Pool  (UNITED STATES)

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With Joe Biden now the 46th president of the United States, the official White House website has gone live with an eye-catching new design. It’s fully responsive and even comes with a snazzy dark mode to match. And like all good websites, it also comes with a fun Easter egg.

Dig into the HTML code and you’ll find a message from the White House’s internal tech team, the US Digital Service. “If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better,” the agency says, with a link to its own website. Protocol was one of the first to spot the Easter egg.

The timing of the message is no accident. As part President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan, the agency is slated to get $200 million in funding for hiring additional support personnel. More resources for the country’s cybersecurity agencies is one of the things the Biden administration plans to do in response to the SolarWinds hack that left both public and private organization victim to the Russian state-sponsored hackers.

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