By a brief message hidden in the source code of the White House site, Joe Biden appealed to hackers or computer security specialists who might want to work for the new administration.
Systematically inspecting the source code of a website is a reflex shared by a minority of Internet users. The new administration assumes that this habit is the preserve of computer security experts. By a brief message hidden in the code of the White House site, the administration of Joe Biden directly addressed this population.
“If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better” (“If you’re reading this, we need your help”, with a reference to “Build Back Better”, Joe Biden’s economic program), can one thus see appear by examining the HTML code of one of the pages of the site of the White House. The latter invites volunteers to send their spontaneous applications to come and replenish the ranks of the administration’s IT experts.
Already in 2014, former President Barack Obama called on computer experts to reorganize and improve government services, in particular by modernizing the Medicare payment system, the health insurance system administered by the federal government of United States.
The new administration has no shortage of missions to entrust to such experts. Donald Trump’s tenure has been marked by major cyber incidents. The most recent will remain a large, global computer attack known as Solarwinds.
This cyberattack hit many administrations across the country, including the Department of Commerce, the Treasury Department, the Pentagon, several federal agencies … or the agency of the Ministry of Energy responsible for managing the stock of nuclear weapons. This large operation has since been officially attributed to Russia, which denies any involvement.