Joseph Menn's 'Cult of the Dead Cow' Portrays the Lasting Influence of Early Hackers

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A lonely, code-savvy kid calling himself Grandmaster Ratte' created a group of friends with a mutual interest in hacking back in '80s Lubbock, Texas. Remaining anonymous until recently, group members have been credited with the hacktivist movement, where technology is used to further a political agenda. Journalist Joseph Menn joins us to talk about the history and evolution of this renowned group that called themselves the Cult of the Dead Cow.


Joseph Menn, technology reporter, Reuters; author, "The Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Just Might Save the World"

Michael Kubecka, aka "Omega", member of cDc (Cult of the Dead Cow)

Peiter Zatko, aka "Mudge", member of cDc (Cult of the Dead Cow)