LulzSec, the hacker group that has hacked the CIA, U.S. Senate, Nintendo, Sony and others, has surprisingly announced that it is disbanding.
LulzSec, short for Lulz Security, claims that it intended to only operate for 50 days as an attempt to revive the AntiSec movement, which is opposed to the computer security industry.
"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 hacker group said in its announcement. "All to selflessly entertain others - vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love."
The release continues on, explaining that the organization is not tied to its LulzSec identity and has succeeded in bringing back the AntiSec movement. The group, in fact, encourages others to take up its cause. "We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us... Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve."
As its final parting gift, the group released one last data dump with data allegedly taken from AT&T, AOL, Disney, Universal, EMI and the FBI.
The group has had its way with corporations and governments for the last two months. It took down the CIA's website, hacked Sony's servers, released sensitive documents from the Arizona state government and attacked the U.S. Senate's website. While a suspected member of LulzSec was recently apprehended, the group claims he was not its leader.
The end of LulzSec doesn't mean the end of hacker attacks, of course. Long-standing hacker group Anonymous is still around, and we bet other groups will form in the wake of the group's disbandment. And with 277,000+ followers and a captivated audience, we bet LulzSec will come back in one form or another. We also doubt its disbandment will stop authorities from searching for its masterminds.
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