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Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jun 27, 2011

Is LulzSec Officially Done For?

The infamous hacking group LulzSec, the ones responsible for many downed servers, lost game time, and lost information for sites such as Sony, BioWare, Nintendo, EVE Online, and Minecraft, released a statement that claims they are finished with their campaign, and the Lulz Boat has officially docked for landing. They claim that Lulz Security is disbanding, putting an end to the network tyranny as of late.

In the issued statement, LulzSec says that their retirement was implemented as a plan from the start. Though this has been said, the group is still on the receiving end of angry chatter from other hackers, and a document claiming to be a company roster has been circulating the net. In a torrent released to the net, many pieces of information were released to the public. This is what can be found in the torrent:

50 Days of Lulz.txt 2.64 KiB
booty/AOL internal data.txt 63.6 KiB
booty/AT&T internal data.rar 314.59 MiB
booty/Battlefield Heroes Beta (550k users).csv 24.67 MiB
booty/FBI being silly.txt 3.82 KiB
booty/Hackforums.net (200k users).sql 111.2 MiB
booty/Nato-bookshop.org (12k users).csv 941.8 KiB
booty/Office networks of corporations.txt 3.87 KiB
booty/Private Investigator Emails.txt 2.52 KiB
booty/Random gaming forums (50k users).txt 6.08 MiB
booty/Silly routers.txt 67.7 KiB
booty/navy.mil owned.png 240.51 KiB

Originally, just as planned, the Lulz Boat was only meant to set sail for 50 days, and that final day of sailing has come. The group released this official last statement to the public at large, describing their “cause,” and attempting to explain their approach to their so-called “liberation”:

Friends around the globe,

We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us.

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. You are not failures. You have not blown away. You can get what you want and you are worth having it, believe in yourself.

While we are responsible for everything that The Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently. Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people. People with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you. Even Hitler and Osama Bin Laden had these unique variations and style, and isn’t that interesting to know? The mediocre painter turned supervillain liked cats more than we did.

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

With all of that being said, do you think it’s safe to say that the Lulz Boat has officially been decommissioned? A lot of people out there seem to find the group’s reasoning nothing short of faithless excuses to exploit information. LulzSec claims to want the “power and freedom we deserve,” but does that come at the cost of innocent users’ information? What about the people in limbo here? Many people are still at risk of being taken advantage of due to the vast amount of information released by the hacker group.

Either way, if the Lulz Boat is officially done for, maybe things can start to return to normal. No more downed servers for weeks, no more sitting idly by while our favorite games are unable to be played, and no more worrying what’s lurking at every corner, right?

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