Newly minted US presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke says he was a member of Cult of the Dead Cow, one of the most legendary hacking groups in cyber-history.

And multiple folks within the US-based crew, most active in the 1980s and 1990s, have confirmed that O'Rourke, during his adolescence in El Paso, Texas, was one of their own.

According to journalist Joseph Menn, author of a forthcoming book on the group and who broke the news today, O'Rourke's links to cDc were kept under wraps by members of the gang who feared it would hurt the Democrat's political aspirations.

O'Rourke was a House representative of Texas from 2013 to January this year, stepping down so he could launch an ultimately unsuccessful bid to take Ted Cruz's senate seat in the Lone Star State.

O'Rourke, who has now thrown his hat into the ring for the 2020 presidential elections, however, has himself given Menn blessing for the news to go live.

"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, whose handle was Psychedelic Warlord, is quoted as saying.

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