Hacker Group Lulz Security Shutting Down After 50-Day Hacking Spree

A computer hacker group Lulz Security (LulzSec) announced Saturday it had ended its campaign of cyberassaults on government and corporate websites.

LulzSec dumps what they claim is "final" release, with signoff statement: "50 Days of Lulz"

IDG News Service reports that the well-known computer hacking group LulzSec said Saturday it had ended its internet rampage that included cyberattacks on videogame companies, police and even the CIA’s website and that it was time for it to “sail into the distance.”

LulzSec published the following post on its website: “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.” It added: “If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.”

In what the group is calling its “final release”, they wrote that the motivation was not fame and recognation, but their love to entertainment, anarchy: “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.”

The announcement was published three days after LulzSec released its latest trove of internal documents, stolen from the Arizona Department of Public Safety computer network, and four days after U.K. police said they had made the arrest of an alleged 19-year-old participant of the group. LulzSec affirmed that this man had operated one of its Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers but that he was not one of its leaders.

In an ABC15 investigation, hundreds of emails, passwords, training manuals, and memos about department policies and crime-fighting techniques were discovered in the cyber attack against Arizona DPS. The documents also included photographs of drugs, weapons, and accident scenes as well as pictures of fugitives and their vehicles.

In a posting on their website Thursday, Lulz Security said they are targeting DPS because they are against Senate Bill 1070 and “the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.” Besides the “50 day retrospective” and farewell statement on Pastebin, Lulz Security released a torrent that is listed as containing a new set of ill-gotten files.

The final “50 day cruise” the group spent attacking websites and computer networks of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Senate, the U.K.’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Brazilian government and the energy giant Petrobras, among others. The Lulz farewell post contended that the group had a crew of six people and originally implied the plan for the hacking campaign to last 50 days.  [via Computer World, ABC15 and BBC News]

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