Cult of the Dead Cow: Beto O’Rourke Connected to Hacking Group

The Cult of the Dead Cow is America’s oldest hacking group, according to a new report by Reuters that alleges Beto O’Rourke was a member. O’Rourke has not yet acknowledged these claims.

In a series of interviews via Reuter, the CDC has claimed O’Rourke as a former member, offering up photos of him when he was a younger man. The publication does note that there’s no evidence O’Rourke ever engaged in illicit activity himself, like hacking into computers.

The publication also notes that O’Rourke has acknowledged the group in the past, saying, “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. I think of the Cult of the Dead Cow as a great example of that.”

Here’s what you need to know:

CDC Describes Itself as a ‘Hacker Think Tank’

In its YouTube “About” section, the CDC’s description reads, “cDc communications is an on-line media consortium/hacker think-tank that created the original e-publication in 1984.”

The official site for CDC redirects users to the Wikipedia page, where the description for the site reads,

Cult of the Dead Cow, also known as cDc or cDc Communications, is a computer hacker and DIY media organization founded in 1984 in Lubbock, Texas. The group maintains a weblog on its site, also titled “Cult of the Dead Cow”. New media are released first through the blog, which also features thoughts and opinions of the group’s members.

To further the cult’s stated goal of “Global Domination Through Media Saturation,” over the years cDc members have granted interviews to major newspapers, print magazines, online news sites, and international television news programs.

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