New White House website includes a hidden recruitment message for coders

Can you spot the easter egg in the new White House website?

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Igor Bonifacic
January 20th, 2021
In this article: phzeal, SolarWinds, Joe Biden, news, gear
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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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