LulzSec calls it quits after 50 days
The hacker group LulzSec, which over the last two months has attacked the websites of large corporations and government organizations and raved on Twitter about its exploits, has called it quits.
LulzSec said that after 50 days it was time for the group to say "bon voyage," in what it said was its last news release, posted Saturday on the PasteBin website.
"For the past 50 days we've been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could," the group said in its statement. "All to selflessly entertain others."
LulzSec, which in its statement said it was a group of six members and had planned all along on quitting after 50 days, took on the websites and systems of the CIA, the FBI, the Senate, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a British police agency, Sony, Fox, PBS, Nintendo, various porn websites and multiple video game servers and websites.
Coinciding with its news release, the group posted a final data dump torrent. The files have since been removed from the Pirate Bay website, but they contained information belonging to AOL, AT&T, the FBI and various other organizations, according to an article on the website Techie Blogie.
"While we are responsible for everything that The Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently," LulzSec said. "Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people."
The group's disbandment comes days after the arrest of a teenager in Britain who has been connected to one of LulzSec's attacks. LulzSec is also retiring not too long after the first data dump of Operation Anti-Security, a movement the group began in partnership with the Internet activist group Anonymous that urged hackers everywhere to access and leak the confidential information of governments and other large organizations.
"We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us," the group said. "Please don't stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve."
The group, which has led to the creation of copycat branches in at least Italy and Brazil, said it hoped to have affected someone, somewhere, in at least a minor way.
"Thank you for sailing with us," it said. "The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon."
-- Salvador Rodriguez
Image: A screen shot of a tweet by LulzSec.