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This US presidential hopeful was hacking group member

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US ORourke was a member of the Cult of the Dead Cow, a group known for inspiring early "hacktivism", the media reported.

In the 1990s, the group used the Internet as a platform to protest real-world events, often to promote human rights and denounce censorship, reported on Friday.

Founded in 1984, the group is known for building exploits and hacks for Windows and coming down heavily on and other including and for their perceived policies of compliance with China's

O'Rourke, former from the US state of Texas, announced that he will run for in the 2020 election on Thursday.

"I am running to serve you as the next president," O'wrote in a tweet on Thursday, adding that the challenges faced by the US "are the greatest in living memory."

In a video embedded in the tweet, the 46-year-old said while his wife sat beside him that he will run a "positive campaign that seeks to bring out the very best from every single one of us, that seeks to unite a very divided country", reported.

Having served as a member of the city council of El Paso, a town that borders Mexico, O'said he will work to ensure that all Americans, irrespective of where they are, "can acknowledge that if immigration is a problem, it's the best possible problem this country can have."

In his announcement video made inside his El Paso home, O'also pledged to lift up the country's rural areas, "work on real justice reform and confront the hard truth of slavery and segregation and suppression," as well as "squarely confront the challenge of climate change before it's too late."

O'Rourke was narrowly defeated when trying to replace Republican Senator in the November mid-term elections.

A father of three, O'Rourke was a in the House from 2013 to 2019, representing Texas's 16th district.



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 13:24 IST