It’s not entirely surprising that politicians have a few skeletons hiding in their closets. However sometime the news is more shocking than others, like learning that one high-profile candidate for 2020 was once a member of a prolific hacking group.
During an interview, Beto O’Rourke admitted that he was once involved with the early hacking group, the Cult of the Dead Cow.
“There’s just this profound value in being able to be apart from the system and look at it critically and have fun while you’re doing it,” O’Rourke said. “I think of the Cult of the Dead Cow as a great example of that.”
The hacking group takes the name from an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse and is considered responsible for coining the term “hacktivism.” The group gained notoriety after making available tools that could be used to hack Microsoft Windows.
Over a dozen members of the group have come forward to recognize O’Rourke as a former member of the group.
While there has been no evidence to appear that shows what role O’Rourke did or did not play within the group, it is questionable that a presidential contender would feel so permitting of hackers.