After fifty days of messing with firewalls and attacking security systems of corporations and government agencies, Lulz Security, a group of rogue hackers said that it will put an end to their hacking binge.
Lulz Security posted its farewell statement on The Pirate Bay, a file-sharing website, but did not give any reasons why they’re stopping. It is still unclear why Lulz Security decided to stop hacking.
The group gained infamy after they claimed to have hacked corporations such as Sony Corp., AT&T and PBS.org and government agencies such as the United States Senate, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a British police unit and the US Central Intelligence Agency and a website of a company that is associated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Although it said goodbye, it has not stopped encouraging other hackers and bid them to continue attacking websites and government agencies. Lulz Security said they will still continue to be involved with the efforts of Anonymous, another group of hackers.
The group has been pursued by government agencies around the world. This included the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Central Intelligence Agency. Other hackers were also taking aim at the group’s members, saying they had gone too far with their activities.
Below is the farewell statement of the group which can also be found on The Pirate Bay:
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 too 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 super villain 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