At midnight on Saturday 26th June LulzSec, the notorious internet hacktivist group, has announced they are disbanding. After exactly fifty days of ‘lulz’ the group will cease to exist. An excerpt of their farewell statement is below, the full statement can be read here.
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
So, it has come to an end. Many will be happy, but many will be sad. Will the movement continue with such strength without them? It is unlikely, Anonymous will no doubt continue but I cannot see many others continuing in their name. At least you will all be able to return to your online games in the knowledge the disruptions are likely to be fully over now.
They did not leave without a parting gift, they released a torrent. We have not closely examined the contents, but it contains 50,000 passwords from members on gaming forums, 550,000 battlefield heroes beta users, AT&T internal data, 200,000 hackforums members, AOL internal data and much more.