Beto O’ Rourke announced his 2020 run for president, saying “we are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth.”

Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke acknowledged during a campaign stop Friday that he was once part of a hacking group, but did not say whether he regrets his involvement.

“It was something that I was a part of when I was a teenager in El Paso a long, long time ago,” O’Rourke said, one day after announcing he was running for president in 2020. 

The Texas Democrat was a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow, called the CDC, one of the oldest groups of hackers in the United States, according to a Reuters investigation. The CDC is known for coining the phrase “hacktivism,” and releasing tools that allow less tech-savvy users to hack Windows computers.


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