June 27, 2011

Notorious Hacker Group Calling It Quits

Lulz Security (LulzSec), a prominent group of rogue hackers who gained recognition for breaching websites of Sony Corp, the CIA and a British police unit, announced on Saturday that it is disbanding.

LulzSec said in a statement that it had accomplished its mission to disrupt corporate and government bodies for entertainment.

"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 group said.

The abrupt dissolution came a few days after LulzSec threatened to escalate its cyberattacks and steal classified information from governments, banks and other major establishments.

British police also announced on Tuesday that they arrested a 19-year-old on suspicion that he was connected to the attacks on Sony, the CIA and a British police unit that fights organized crime.

A member of the group said that his group is not disbanding due to pressure from the FBI or enemy hackers.

"We're not quitting because we're afraid of law enforcement," the LulzSec member said in a conversation with The Associated Press (AP) over the Internet voice program Skype. "The press are getting bored of us, and we're getting bored of us."

He told AP that three of four of Lulz Security's members were taking a "breather" and that he was considering giving up cyberattacks altogether.

"Maybe I'll stop this hacking thing entirely. I haven't decided," he said.

LulzSec made its announcement through its Twitter account on Saturday.

Keven Mitnick, a security consultant and former hacker, said the group probably concluded the more they kept up their activities, the greater the chances they would slip up and get caught by authorities.

"They can sit back and watch the mayhem and not risk being captured," Mitnick told AP.

They group said it hopes its movement "manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us."

"Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon," the mysterious group concluded in its statement.


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