LulzSec voluntarily disbands
After their ultimate action against AOL and AT&T, the computer hacking group Lulz Security has announced the end of their cyber-attacks.
After having seen their attacks receive an increasing amount of press reports, Lulz Security has decided to go out on a winner, announcing the end of their activities. The "hacking" group has been rather prolific these last few weeks by launching attacks against Sony, Nintendo, the American senate, the CIA, pornographic site Pron.com and even the Arizona police.
Initially starting out as some fun, LulzSec’s actions became increasingly vigilant over time, and in conjunction with Anonymous, even went so far as revealing classified governmental information through an anti-security operation.
After existing for about 50 days, LulzSec has now decided to end their computer attacks. The last attack conducted led to internal information from AOL and AT&T being published.
" 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 ", writes LulzSec when addressing their "friends around the world".
A group who didn’t go unnoticed
This appears to be the end for the group of computer hackers who certainly achieved global recognition. Besides these attacks of which were criticised by computer security experts for their lack of sophistication, LulzSec managed to take the art of communication to another level via their site and Twitter account.
It is still difficult to know exactly what it was that these hackers were after (demonstrating the lack of security on certain sites?) A site maintained by LulzSec was also defaced, while the Web Ninjas published information about the supposed identities of LulzSec members who apparently previously belonged to Anonymous.
Could it be that all of this together has pushed LulzSec to voluntarily disband? A few days ago, British authorities arrested a young man (Ryan Cleary) who is suspected of being linked to LulzSec attacks. Such claims have been denied by the group, who over the course of their attacks became increasingly brazen, including the opening of a hotline to take requests from user on attacks they wished to have carried out.
It does have to be wondered through whether the end of LulzSec is just a farce. The six members of LulzSec obviously hold themselves in high esteem, stating that their actions were never those of mercenaries.
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