For reasons known only to them, the LulzSec hacking group that has made such a splash recently with high profile attacks has decided to call it quits.
The small group of hackers – which claims to only have six members – announced their final batch of “booty” last night via Twitter while also posting a farewell statement on Pastebin (see the full statement at the bottom of the post). Though the hacking group was only active for 50 days, it seems like a long longer as the number of attacks they staged was non-stop during that time period. From attacks on Sony, crashing the CIA website, hacking Sega and breaking into Arizona Police computers, this group was on a rampage through out the Internet.
While there is no clear reason why the group has called it quits, one has to assume that the recent arrest of someone marginally connected to the group Scotland Yard has to have played a factor. By disbanding now, and destroying every last shred of evidence, there is every chance that the six members will never be caught. So long as they can keep their mouths shut and never speak again of their exploits, they could fade into digital obscurity like other hackers that have come before them.
LulzSec has left a definite impression on the Internet, and they have inspired other copycat groups that have begun springing up around the globe, but, for now, it looks the “Lulz” are gone.
Are you sad or happy to see LulzSec call it a day?
Friends around the globe,
We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us.
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. All to selflessly entertain others – vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love. The raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy. It’s what we all crave, even the seemingly lifeless politicians and emotionless, middle-aged self-titled failures. You are not failures. You have not blown away. You can get what you want and you are worth having it, believe in yourself.
While we are responsible for everything that The Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently. Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people. People with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you. Even Hitler and Osama Bin Laden had these unique variations and style, and isn’t that interesting to know? The mediocre painter turned supervillain liked cats more than we did.
Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz. We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us. The support we’ve gathered for it in such a short space of time is truly overwhelming, and not to mention humbling. Please don’t stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.
So with those last thoughts, it’s time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind – we hope – inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.
Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon.
Let it flow…
Lulz Security – our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011, and a shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe