Beto O’Rourke has critical hacker credentials

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was a member of a hacking group as a young person. 

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A presidential candidate was a hacker?

Beto O’Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from Texas and now presidential candidate, was a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow, one in all America’s earliest influential hacking teams. In an in-depth report by Reuters revealed Friday, O’Rourke talked about this time as a teenage hacker and the way it impacts the best way he thinks.

O’Rourke stated he befriended CDC founder Kevin Wheeler as a teen when he began posting to on-line bulletin boards after his dad introduced house an Apple IIe and a 300-baud modem within the 1980s. O’Rourke reportedly stopped taking part in CDC when he began school in 1991, however CDC members had saved his membership a secret till now.

Here are among the highlights from Reuters’ look into the presidential candidate’s “rebellious” previous:

The CDC was typically a small group with not more than 20 energetic members at a time. During the late ’80s, when O’Rourke was a member, the group was “more about writing than it was about breaking into computer systems.”O’Rourke’s display screen identify in CDC was Psychedelic Warlord. Many of the articles he wrote 30 years in the past are nonetheless obtainable on-line, akin to “how the world would work without money.”When folks nonetheless wanted to dial in by the telephone strains with a purpose to get on-line, O’Rourke, like many others, stated he stole long-distance modem name service so he would not “run up the phone bill.””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 instructed Reuters concerning his membership of CDC. “I think of the Cult of the Dead Cow as a great example of that.”The CDC influenced O’Rourke’s assist for internet neutrality. “I understand the democratizing power of the internet, and how transformative it was for me personally, and how it leveraged the extraordinary intelligence of these people all over the country who were sharing ideas and techniques,” he stated.

O’Rourke could not instantly be reached for remark. 

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