After 50 days of cyber assaults on corporate and government websites, the hacker group known as LulzSec announced that they would be ending their antics and it was time for the group to “sail into the distance.”
Just a few days ago, hacked into the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s computers and leaked a large cache of sensitive files including training manuals, emails, and intelligence documents. LulzSec has apparently declared war against government sites under “Operation Anti-Sec.”
Lulzsec has been responsible for a number of high-profile attacks, including attacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network and FBI affiliate Infragard. Other attacks include PBS.org, Fox.com, and the U.S. Senate’s public website. LulzSec also took down the CIA’s website not that long ago.
LulzSec was quoted saying, “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.”
Last week, a 19 year old boy was arrested by U.K. police who they said was a member of the hacker group. LulzSec argued that the boy had operated one of its Internet Relay Chat (IRC) servers but that he was not one of its leaders.
The alleged leader of the LulzSec, Sabu, dismissed claims that LulzSec disbanded because of an arrest or internal disagrements. “There’s only been one arrest; Ryan, and he isn’t part of lulzsec.” LulzSec apparently conducted all this mayhem for 50 days “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.”Further reading: Cybersecurity, LulzSec