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Title: 'Beto' Was A Member Of A Prominent Hacking Group, a Punk-Rock Band And His Name Was 'Psychedelic Warlord,' Report Says
Source: Tathasta
URL Source: http://www.tathasta.com/2019/03/bet ... mber-of-prominent-hacking.html
Published: Mar 17, 2019
Author: News Kick
Post Date: 2019-03-18 11:14:25 by Deckard
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Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, the latest Democrat to throw his name into the 2020 presidential election bid, was reportedly part of a hacktivist group called “Cult of the Dead Cow,” and went by the pseudonym “psychedelic warlord.”
O’Rourke, who served three terms in Congress as a Texas representative and recently made a failed attempt to knock off Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, announced Thursday that he’ll be running for the White House. The following day, a report from Reuters claimed O’Rourke was a member of the prominent hacking group and apparently penned some pretty bizarre writings fantasizing about the murder of children as a teen.
Reuters reports:
The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows. It’s also known for inventing the word “hacktivism” to describe human-rights-driven security work.
Members of the group have protected O’Rourke’s secret for decades, reluctant to compromise his political viability. Now, in a series of interviews, CDC members have acknowledged O’Rourke as one of their own. In all, more than a dozen members of the group agreed to be named for the first time in a book about the hacking group by this reporter that is scheduled to be published in June by Public Affairs. O’Rourke was interviewed early in his run for the Senate.
"There is no indication that O’Rourke ever engaged in the edgiest sorts of hacking activity, such as breaking into computers or writing code that enabled others to do so," noted the outlet.
As highlighted by Mashable, Joseph Menn’s forthcoming book, called “The book, Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World,” reports alleged inside-info on O’Rourke, such as his apparent “psychedelic warlord” pseudonym:
O’Rourke had his own bulletin board named TacoLand. Oh, also, that he wrote under the handle "Psychedelic Warlord." And yes, you can still find some of his writing online.
"Think, a free society with no high, middle, or low classification of it's [sic] people,” O’Rourke reportedly said in one of his writings. "Think, no more money related murders, suicides, divorces, or theft. Think, no more families living below a set poverty line or children starving to death because of a lack of money."
“Remember, we are the next generation, and will soon rule the world,” he wrote in another piece.
Oh, yes, he also apparently wrote about killing children. The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra reports:
In writings that Reuters says still exist online, O'Rourke reportedly fantasized about ‘toppling the government,’ but fretted that "the masses would support such a radical move at this time."
O’Rourke also reportedly wrote about murdering children by running them over with a car.
"One day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street," O'Rourke wrote. "They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles...This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams."
"As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two," O'Rourke continued. "I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head."

Poster Comment:

...he was already known for being rebel enough to tour in a punk band

Good grief, do these guys suck!

Yeah - that's Beto wearing a suit in a punk band!

What a tool!

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

I need a butt-shine,
Right now
You are holy,
Oh, sacred Cow
I thirst for you,
Provide Milk.

Buff my balls,
Love the Cow,
Good fortune for those that do.
Love me, breathe my feet,
The Cow has risen.

Wax my ass,
Scrub my balls.
The Cow has risen,
Provide Milk.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-03-18   11:56:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Deckard (#0)

Hondo68  posted on  2019-03-18   12:16:08 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: hondo68 (#2)

Sure, you bet.

I need a butt-shine,
Right now
You are holy,
Oh, sacred Cow
I thirst for you,
Provide Milk.

Buff my balls,
Love the Cow,
Good fortune for those that do.
Love me, breathe my feet,
The Cow has risen.

Wax my ass,
Scrub my balls.
The Cow has risen,
Provide Milk.

by Robert Francis O'Rodriguez aka Psychedelic Warlord

Hank Rearden  posted on  2019-03-18   16:03:40 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Deckard, buckeroo (#0)

The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows.

We keep seeing this info circulated about CotDC but no one ever mentions what their tools were.

Foremost in building their reputation was a tool called BackOrifice.

Back Orifice (often shortened to BO) is a computer program designed for remote system administration. It enables a user to control a computer running the Microsoft Windows operating system from a remote location.[1] The name is a play on words on Microsoft BackOffice Server software. It can also control multiple computers at the same time using imaging.

Back Orifice was designed with a client–server architecture.[2] A small and unobtrusive server program is installed on one machine, which is remotely manipulated by a client program with a graphical user interface on another computer system. The two components communicate with one another using the TCP and/or UDP network protocols. In a reference to the Leet phenomenon, this program commonly runs on port 31337.[3]

The program debuted at DEF CON 6 on August 1, 1998. It was the brainchild of Sir Dystic, a member of the U.S. hacker organization Cult of the Dead Cow. According to the group, its purpose was to demonstrate the lack of security in Microsoft's operating system Windows 98.

Although Back Orifice has legitimate purposes, such as remote administration, there are other factors that make it suited for less benign uses. The server can hide itself from cursory looks by users of the system. As the server can be installed without user interaction, it can be distributed as payload of a Trojan horse.

For those and other reasons, the antivirus industry immediately categorized the tool as malware and appended Back Orifice to their quarantine lists. Despite this fact, it was widely used by script kiddies because of its simple GUI and ease of installation.

Two sequel applications followed it, Back Orifice 2000, released in 1999, and Deep Back Orifice by French Canadian hacking group QHA.

Obviously, Beto did not #LearnToCode back in the day. He was a follower and a member of the CDC BBS message systems, more of a hipster hanger-on, of the group. Beto was born in 1972 and BackOrifice appeared in 1998 when Beto was 26yo. CDC was founded in Lubbock, TX back in 1984 which gives a Texas context for Beto having access to becoming a member of the collective.

In the 1980s the Cult of the Dead Cow organized and maintained a loose collective of affiliated BBSs across the US and Canada. It was during this time that the cDc is credited with coining the term "31337" as an alternative spelling of "Eleet" or "Elite",[5] an expression denoting skill or greatness in a person, place, or thing. Also at that time, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke was a member of the cDc until, aged 18, he enrolled at Columbia University.[6] Beto O'Rourke was the one to come up with the name "Cult of the Dead Cow" for the hacker group in April 1985.[7]

And Beto was some kind of rich young guy, very much part of the Texas counterculture (review his awful music videos). It was sort of a rebel group with some artistic elements generally but which had members that also eventually produced hacking tools like BackOrifice. I think Beto might have been most active before the time that he wrote about running down little white kids with his car and grinning about it. He did that around 1990, eight years before CDC found its greatest fame with the BackOrifice hacking tool that targeted Windows 98 machines.

Back in the day, you could use a port scanning tool to scan hundreds or thousands or millions of dotted-IP addresses for the presence of a machine that had been infected with BackOrifice. The BackOrifice trojan would respond to a port scan on a particular port. Once you had located an infected machine, you could fire up BackOrifice to use that IP address and take control of that machine. You could turn on the microphone, the webcam, access all files, lock the machine's owner out of the keyboard, type messages that would appear on their screen, launch any program installed on that machine, you could see everything on the screen and use the mouse/keyboard remotely via a VNC connection.

I only used BackOrifice for hacking once. My brother was worried that he had been infected so I found his IP address range (using his email headers) and scanned the 256 IP addresses that matched his IP address. He wasn't infected but I found another machine that was. After glancing at the owner's installed programs, it was just a few games and some office software, very typical stuff. So I decided to surprise him and just tell him that he was infected with BackOrifice when he was sitting at his own keyboard.

So I caused a message to appear on his screen when I could see him using his computer; I could see his mouse usage and everything happening on his screen. At first he was shocked so I told him several times that I had been scanning for another machine in his area for infection and that his had popped up as an infected machine. I then remotely opened a web browser on his machine to a page that described BackOrifice and gave instructions on how to get rid of it. I clicked open Windows Explorer on his machine and pointed out the files that BackOrifice was using so he could delete them at reboot time from a DOS prompt. By this time, he had recovered enough from the shock of his computer suddenly starting to send him messages (from me) on the screen and seeing someone else obviously controlling it remotely that he did thank me for telling him he was infected and showing him how to get rid of BackOrifice. I scanned the IP range again the next day and he had rebooted and deleted those BackOrifice files. It was an early trojan that was quite easy to get rid of but you didn't want to leave it in place.

I'll point out that this was before the federal anti-hacking laws passed a few years later. So it wasn't strictly illegal at the time I did this to hack into a computer this way, given that it was already infected and I only took advantage of that fact. I didn't actually hack the computer, I just took control of the hack already there via BackOrifice.

I have the feeling that buckeroo already knows what BackOrifice was. Just a hunch.     ; )

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-03-18   16:38:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Hank Rearden, A K A Stone (#3)

Wax my ass,
Scrub my balls.
The Cow has risen,
Provide Milk.

You could probably write a very catchy rally theme song with those lyrics, right? And get AC/DC to sing it for him.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-03-18   16:40:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Tooconservative (#4)

You're kinda like SuperMan, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.

Who knows what Beto would have done to that poor guy?

Hondo68  posted on  2019-03-18   17:18:58 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: hondo68 (#6)

You're kinda like SuperMan, fighting for truth, justice, and the American way.

I thought so. I do get tired of tripping over my superhero cape.

It's a burden that I bear in noble silence.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-03-18   17:44:44 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: Tooconservative (#7)

And so humble, too. LOL

WWG1WWA  posted on  2019-03-19   4:51:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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