Democratic presidential candidate Beto O & Rourke has revealed that he was a member of a notorious, decades-long hacking group.
The former congressman was a member of the Texas-based hacker group, the Cult of the Dead Cow, known for inspiring early hacktivism in the Internet age and for creating exploits and hacks for Microsoft Windows. The group used the Internet in the 1990s as a platform to protest against events in the real world, often to promote human rights and denounce censorship. Among his numerous releases, the Cult of the Dead Cow was best known for his Back Orifice program, a remote access and management tool.
O & Rourke used the "Psychedelic Warlord" handle, as Reuters revealed the story.
However, when he rose to the political heights he first elected to the city council of El Paso in 2005, he allegedly worried that his membership of the group would hurt his political aspirations. The members of the group kept O & Rourke's secret until the ex-hacker confirmed his connection to the group to Reuters.
Reuters described him as the "most prominent ex-hacker in American political history," announcing his candidacy on Thursday President of the United States.
If he wins the White House, he'll become the first hacker president.
O Rourke's story sheds light on how the candidate addresses and understands the technological issues facing the US today. He is one of the few Presidential candidates to run for the White House and have more than a little tech knowledge ̵
"I understand the democratizing power of the Internet and how transformative it was for me personally and how it took advantage of the extraordinary intelligence of these people across the country exchanging ideas and techniques," O Rourke told Reuters 46-year-old has done this yet to speak to followers about the new revelations.