LulzSec, a group of hackers that recently drew public attention for carrying out notorious cyber war against government and prominent organizations, has announced a halt to their hacking activities while exposing massive amounts of leaked data to the public.
“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,” said LulzSec in Pastebin.com
Though the group claims to have stopped their hacking activities because their 50-day period was over, some say they were pressurized by the danger of getting caught by the FBI.
“Inevitably there will be speculation that the reason for LulzSec's apparent disbandment could be that they are worried that they have brought too much attention to themselves, and there are simply too many people (including rival hackers) attempting to uncover their true identities,” said Sophos cyber security expert Graham Cluley.
On June 21, 19-year-old Ryan Clearly of UK was arrested allegedly for his involvement with LulzSec, but the group denied relationship with him.
It wasn’t only the governments who had their hands on LulzSec. Other rival hackers have also claimed to have the identity of the 6 LulzSec members and threatened to reveal them.
A-Team was one of such group who posted what they claimed to be full list of member details.
TriCk, a hacker owing allegiance to rival hack group TeaMp0ison, has reported to Independent that “LulzSec couldn’t handle the pressure from us or from the feds. We were getting close to getting them and they knew it.”
The Jester or th3j35t3r, another hack group, has also threatened to expose their personal information.
Just before they shut down, LulzSec has exposed leaked data which they claimed to have stolen. Among them were from AOL, AT&T, the Navy, and the FBI. Check them out here.
On their final release, LulzSec has asked others to continue the AntiSec movement for imbuing with “the power and freedom we deserve”.
“We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us,” LulzSec wrote.