- Democrats' newest presidential candidate's past as a teenage hacker who posted bizarre fiction about killing children is revealed
- Beto O'Rourke was member of hacker group called Cult of the Dead Cow and called himself Psychedelic Warlord, he will admit in a new book
- He posted on 'bulletin boards' - primitive equivalents of websites - and has left some of his writing intact
- One story when he was 15 described running over two children in the street and said: 'I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.'
- Group stole credit card and calling card details to avoid running up large phone bills on modems which would have been a potential felony at the time
- O'Rourke admitted he pilfered long-distance service 'so I wouldn't run up the phone bill' but did not admit whether that involved credit or phone card fraud
- Democrat says in new book that Cult of the Dead Cow taught him how to be 'apart from the system and look at it critically and have fun while you're doing it'
- Group also posted pirated software, tools to hack Windows computers and distributed an essay called 'Sex with Satan'
- Members later tried to keep O'Rourke's hacking past secret when he ran for El Paso city council
Saturday, March 16, 2019
WACKO BETO: Beto O'Rourke was member of the 'Cult of the Dead Cow' hacking group when a teen
Beto O'Rourke was a member of computer hacking group called Cult of the Dead Cow who posted fiction about killing children and called himself 'Psychedelic Warlord'
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Beto O'Rourke’s Secret membership in legendary hacking group
Beto O'Rourke was a teenage computer hacker who posted fiction about killing children, it was revealed Friday - a day after he threw himself into the Democratic president race.
Friends: Beto O'Rourke was pictured with old hacking friend Carrie Campbell in 1997 at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference in New York.
O'Rourke acknowledged in an exclusive interview with the author of a forthcoming book that he belonged to the Cult of the Dead Cow, the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history.
Book: This is the forthcoming book in which O'Rourke reveals being a hacker
Members of the hugely influential CDC, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, have protected his secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability.
Notorious group: The Cult of the Dead Cow was started in Texas - where O'Rourke was born and brought up - and developed into one of the best know groups of its type in the hacking world. Its members pirated software and stole credit and calling card details to pay phone bills
But O'Rourke said in an interview conducted during his failed run for the Senate last year that he was a member from the age of 15 until the age of 18, and pilfered long-distance phone service to fund his primitive family computer's connection to the 'bulletin boards' - predecessors of websites - on which the group existed.
He did not say if he engaged in credit card or calling card fraud, which other members of the group say they used to pay for their connections, and which could have been a felony if he had been caught.
And O'Rourke was revealed to have posted fiction during his time as a hacker, including a short story written from the point of view of a driver who intentionally killed two children because they were 'happy.'
In the interview O'Rourke said being part of the CDC shaped his values in later life.
Founder: Kevin Wheeler, known online as Swamp Rat, was one of the founders of the Cult of the Dead Cow. He and O'Rourke connected on a bulletin board. O'Rourle says he gave up when he enrolled at Columbia University, New York, but Wheeler remains part of the world and in 1999 was seen releasing 'Back Orifice 2000', a hacking tool, at a Les Vegas hacking convention
In a series of interviews, CDC members acknowledged O'Rourke as one of their own, ending a secret which they had agreed to keep to avoid damaging his career when he became a politician in 2005.
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