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Article by Bryan Howard
March 18, 2019
Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke is having bombshells dropped on him since he announced he is running for President in 2020. Reuters released a new story that establishes O’Rourke was apart of a hacking group called ‘Cult of the Dead Cow’ and went by the name “psychedelic warlord.”
The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows. It’s also known for inventing the word “hacktivism” to describe human-rights-driven security work.
Members of the group have protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O’Rourke as one of their own. In all, more than a dozen members of the group agreed to be named for the first time in a book about the hacking group by this reporter that is scheduled to be published in June by Public Affairs. O’Rourke was interviewed early in his run for the Senate.
Joseph Menn’s will be releasing soon “The book, Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World.” This will go over Beto O’Rourke’s involvement in the hacking group.