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LulzSec retires from hacking, releases one last data dump for the road

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The hacker group Lulz Security (aka LulzSec) has said goodbye to its life of shady online antics. This Saturday, the anonymous organization (not to be confused with the Anonymous organization...or so we're told) uploaded a farewell letter to The Pirate Bay file sharing site confirming its metaphoric ship has sailed, reflecting,  “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.”

The message (which has been reprinted in full at the New York Times) included obscure comparisons to Hitler and Obama, and altruistic explanations as to why the group embarked on a 50-day reign of online terror against the likes of Sony, Nintendo, the CIA, US Senate, Arizona Department of Public Security and a slew of other targets, stating:

“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.”

Not one to exit quietly, LulzSec signed off by releasing a fresh batch of private corporate data belonging to AT&T, NATO, an overseas detective agency and a handful of other organizations.

Regardless of its stated intentions, some believe LulzSec's departure is more of a play for self-preservation than a planned exit.  Last week, 19-year-old British hacker Ryan Cleary was arrested in connection with LulzSec activity, putting British police and F.B.I closer to unravelling the identities of the group's members. LulzSec's recent action (or perhaps  the brazen self-promotion of its recent actions) has also earned it the ire of rival hackers, including On3iroi,  who successfully scuttled lulzsecurity.com for a brief time on Friday. That same day, another group by the name of TeaMp0ison issued a warning to LulzSec, telling Fox News, “We're here to show the world that they're nothing but a bunch of script kiddies. We're going to let them do what they do. Then we're going to do what we do...We're going to hit them hard.”

Suddenly “sailing away” sounds more like “getting the hell out while they still can” . Are you upset to see them go, or have you had enough of The Lulz?

June 27, 2011

[Source: New York TimesPC World] 



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19 comments

  • shadowreaper72 - June 27, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    Oh I would love to be a member of the FBI team that raids them. Commander " WHY DID YOU SHOOT THEM?" ME " When you said take them alive i thought you said take them down. My bad." LMAO
  • Pocotron - June 27, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    Thank god for people like On3iroi and the Jester. These people weren't "hacktivists" and they weren't trying to hide it. They were hurting everyone and at least when others do it, they try to justify themselves. Not to mention they say too many memes. I hate it when people do that.
  • rabidpotatochip - June 27, 2011 7:45 p.m.

    What worries me most is that there's suddenly one "security" group after another. Personally, I'd rather see these guys earn an honest paycheck in keeping people like them out.
  • asspills - June 27, 2011 7:20 p.m.

    Fuck these guys. Pretentious losers disrupting everyones shit so they can get attention. And then trying to pass it off like they were noble heroes standing up to big name companies. .. by stealing from their innocent user-base??? They won't be missed.
  • dcbernman - June 27, 2011 7:09 p.m.

    If they really wanted to commit to anarchy, then they had damn well be prepared for being arrested for it. Honestly, hacking a few sites and stealing data? Alright, it's the information age, so they did a little bit of damage. But if they wanted to make any real difference at all, they should have acted outside of the net in the tangible world. Hell, I might have even felt inclined to support them if they did...
  • SuspendedIrrelevance - June 27, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Bonus thought that I've been meaning to put out there: While being negligent with security is a bit of a failing on anyone's part, it's still no reason to blame the victims instead of the hackers. If someone walks into your house, shits on the dog, and steals all your stuff, it's no less illegal just because you left the back door open. (Not sure what the dog had to do with it, but I wanted to make a comment about defacing the decor... sorry, dog!)
  • jackthemenace - June 27, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    For some reason, I find it impossible to hate these guys... I really don't know why, and I KNOW that i should, but I physically cannot. Maybe it's something to do with the fact Sony were being massive dangly wangs to GeoHotz, and ow I always root for the hackers.
  • AGENTJORRRG - June 27, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    Pretentious bastards. The "mark" they left will be forgotten in a matter of weeks. They did nothing.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - June 27, 2011 6:15 p.m.

    Yeah, now they realized people are coming after them, so they're pussing out like the little children they are. Classy.
  • Recon4165 - June 27, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    wasnt it Hackers? and the saying is " Hack the planet !"
  • ted12 - June 27, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    Freakin' finally!
  • majorlynch - June 28, 2011 9:39 a.m.

    "For the past 50 days we’ve been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself......just because we could." Seriously, fuck these guys. This isn't stealing money from a multi-national and giving it to a charity. Its an example of the worst kind of people our technology can generate. I do have time for the people who admire these hackers, but I think they're really admiring the skillset, the tech they have. Not the shitheads who use their skills to send innocent peoples data all over the web, helping identity theft the world over. Fuck there assholes. lets see their skills help them in jail
  • jmcgrotty - June 28, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    Shadowreaper72: 1) The FBI wouldn't be involved in activities in countries besides the U.S. (So far, everything points to non-U.S. users) Another group (CIA)? Maybe. FBI? No. 2) Can you explain what was entertaining with your comment? I freely admit that I just might be missing the obvious, but I'm completely stumped by what you said. I'll try to keep this part not too over-the-top: Overall for everyone, if you can on any level have anything but disgust for these idiots, you seriously need to just fucking kill yourself. And no, that's not just a phrase. I mean it literally.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - June 27, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    I like Anonymous and what they stand for. These guys... tough call.
  • Ultimadrago - June 27, 2011 7:56 p.m.

    @jackthemenace: Same here. I don't hate the hackers. Hell, I root for them a lot of the time.
  • PaulieWaulie - June 27, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    Gifted but peculiar people, kind of like Rainman.
  • Crypto140 - June 27, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    Goddamn nerds
  • SuspendedIrrelevance - June 27, 2011 6:19 p.m.

    @Recon4165 Master of subtlety, arent'cha =P Regarding the article... Personally I'm still not sure what to think. Although my initial reaction was certainly of distaste for their actions, it does seem to have made a point of how easily available personal data is on a lot of servers (at least Sony's not alone in being rather lax in terms of security). For me, the whole event has really reinforced my view of the power of the internet... It's a bit like a force of nature. Very beautiful, very destructive, and totally uncontrollable. Most of all, interesting to watch! reCaptcha: for esunde. This one's for you, baby!
  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - June 27, 2011 6:05 p.m.

    This is like that movie from 1995, what was it called?, Code Breakers?, remember?, "HACK THE WORLD", or something like that. Such a Prophetic Movie!.

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