With all the old skeletons and youthful transgressions dogging public figures in recent times, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke has succeeded in giving the genre a new twist — computer hacking.
On Friday, the former Texas congressman admitted to being a member of a hacking group, the Cult of the Dead Cow, or CDC, during his teens in the 1980s.
The CDC gained infamy for coining the phrase “hacktivism,” and is known for creating tools to help amateurs hack Windows computers.
O’Rourke shrugged off his involvement in the CDC as a simple “right of passage,” and the evidence seems to show that his hacking activities never escalated to serious crimes.
However, the darkest part of his “right of passage” may not be the hacking itself, but rather a story he posted on the CDC bulletin boards under the name “Psychedellic Warlord.”
O’Rourke’s tale is narrated by a serial killer who intentionally hits two children crossing the street — an act the narrator describes as an “act of love” and “simply ecstasy.” Though the story is fiction, a glamorized child killer is never a good look for a presidential candidate.
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