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LulzSec hacking group disbands

LulzSec hacking group disbands

After 50 days of mayhem, the LulzSec boat has apparently sailed its final hacking voyage.

LulzSec, the hacker group at the centre of weeks of worldwide security mayhem, has announced that it plans to disband.

The announcement came after 50 days of high-profile security breaches and denial of service attacks against companies and organisations, including Sony, Nintendo and even the US Senate and the FBI. The aftermath of sorting out some of the attacks have cost companies tens of millions of dollars.

The announcement was accompanied by a torrent called '50 Days of Lulz', and the group's Twitter account provided a link to the torrent on Pirate Bay, which has now been removed from the site. However, the contents of the torrent file contained plenty of sensitive information, including 550,000 user details for the Battlefield Heroes Beta, which were apparently provided 'to selflessly entertain others.'

In its statement, LulzSec claimed that '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.'

The announcement is likely to come as a relief to companies with an online presence, particularly gaming-related companies, many of which would have been worried about who the group would target next.

The last few days have seen the group gaining plenty of space in the limelight, and not just for security breaches or bringing websites to their knees. Last week, a LulzSec member called Whirlpool worryingly told BBC's Newsnight programme that 'at some point, our operations will have to veer onto the more serious side of things.'

Do you think we've heard the last of LulzSec? What do you make of its causes? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Pete J 27th June 2011, 13:31 Quote
LulzSec may have disbanded but that doesn't mean individual members agree with that decision. Have they disabled the LOIC (as they like to call it) because that could still be open to abuse.
Cei 27th June 2011, 13:32 Quote
I think we can all say thank frakk for that. Bunch of idiot kids (if not necessarily in age) who should grow up - if you find an insecurity, let the company know so they can fix it.

Don't understand how they thought they'd get mass support by violating people's personal data and plastering it over the net.
r3loaded 27th June 2011, 13:37 Quote
They haven't disbanded, they're trying to lay low after being doxed by another hacking group: http://pastebin.com/iVujX4TR
Arkanrais 27th June 2011, 13:53 Quote
I figured it was cause one of them got nabbed by the feds, now they're all pussying out cause their actions are having negative repercussionsand they finally got it through their thick heads that bad **** can and usually does catch up to you.
I applaud that other hacking group for dropping their dox. the little *******s deserve it. Not so lulzy to them when they get a taste of their own medicine.
Cei 27th June 2011, 13:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
LulzSec may have disbanded but that doesn't mean individual members agree with that decision. Have they disabled the LOIC (as they like to call it) because that could still be open to abuse.

LOIC was a 4chan/Anon thing, not LulzSec?
spt 27th June 2011, 14:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by r3loaded
They haven't disbanded, they're trying to lay low after being doxed by another hacking group: http://pastebin.com/iVujX4TR

Seems to me after reading the pastbin and looking at their facebooks that these kids are victims of a setup. Only my opinion and I may be wrong. Here is the profile of one of them that has left his facebook open:

http://www.facebook.com/drhodesmumby?sk=info

You could argue his actions and responses are of someone maybe trying to cover himself, but would you have an open to the public facebook if you were doing what these folks are being accussed of?
Bauul 27th June 2011, 14:04 Quote
I reckon they were found out - all the police needed to do was look for the house with the thirteen monitors, flashing flights, pumping house music and where the occupants all work in montages.

Having seen many Hollywood films, I am sure that is how all hacking takes place.
raxonb 27th June 2011, 15:19 Quote
The announcement must also have something to do with with that kid being arrested last week. Wasn't he supposed to be one of the main people that was part of LulzSec?
DriftCarl 27th June 2011, 15:33 Quote
the kid who was arrested last week was also arrested a few years ago too. Looks like he didnt learn his lesson.

Those pastebin logs are probably true, I guess anon has a much "better" group of hackers and got pissed off with this break away group.

I support breaking into systems to make the owners aware (like they apparently did with NHS) but to disclose all the email addresses and personal details of normal every day users its pretty pathetic. it wasn't their fault for the crap security of their service provider.

Sure put "lol" messages on the home pages, boast about your "skills" ect, but don't let out the personal information of millions of people.
Blademrk 27th June 2011, 15:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
The announcement was accompanied by a torrent called '50 Days of Lulz', and the group's Twitter account provided a link to the torrent on Pirate Bay, which has now been removed from the site.

http://arstechnica.com/security/news/2011/06/lulzsec-calls-it-quits-claims-50-days-of-mayhem-was-all-it-wanted.ars
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Originally Posted by ARStechnica
The torrent itself has been pulled by The Pirate Bay after it was found that the files taken from AT&T included malware.
Bede 27th June 2011, 16:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
I reckon they were found out - all the police needed to do was look for the house with the thirteen monitors, flashing flights, pumping house music and where the occupants all work in montages.

Having seen many Hollywood films, I am sure that is how all hacking takes place.

LOL :D

High profile is great and everything, but I think they know that if it carried on they really would get burned.
Pete J 27th June 2011, 16:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
LOIC was a 4chan/Anon thing, not LulzSec?
Maybe they share it? I know that LulzSec boasted about its power.
faugusztin 27th June 2011, 16:41 Quote
The group disbanded, probably because mom called that lunch is ready.
holzj17 27th June 2011, 17:23 Quote
having an account on my PS3 and being a bit annoyed at the fact that i couldnt get online for ages! im glad they've gone! in fact im so glad i may even pop to the university of salford to pay daniel a small visit to say thanks
boggsi 27th June 2011, 17:37 Quote
Am I the only one that saw the lulz in this? The only one horrified that this was possible by a bunch of "kids"? It was the wake up call half the internet needed.

If these "kids" are so horribly underqualified then I'd hate to see what the real criminals/governments are up to..
jimmyjj 27th June 2011, 19:12 Quote
They are little sh*ts but the song on their web site is awesome.
Woodspoon 27th June 2011, 20:14 Quote
"we're disbanding, but it's got nothing to do with Ryan Cleary being charged, Honest, no really we're not worried at all, Bye"

too much of a coincidence, even if they say he was nothing to do with them.
IonKnight 27th June 2011, 20:16 Quote
Firstly made me laugh all these ppl getting angry with lulz to put it simply I found it all very funny and they do actually do good (the companies who got attacked aren't leaving those wholes open). Also oh no your data's been posted on the net lol oh no gotta change ur details now :P (and serves u right for using legit data in the first place).

Boggsi the scary thing about this is that they are underqualified i've looked into the concepts they used to crack these sites and they are pretty much childsplay (not that easy but u get the idea). Trust me you should only be scared if the big boy's come out to play, Yes there are kids that do this for fun but the big guys don't just try and take down the sites they remove them completely (ha and the funny thing is i work with these guys).

I won't say which company i work for but lets put it this way if someone managed to piss off the people i work with that bad you see the whole net go down :P ( I work for one of the large chip manfactureres and those guys are on another level compared with these noobs :P).
Speed 27th June 2011, 20:21 Quote
and off they all go to work for the FBI to avoid jail time...
jon 27th June 2011, 20:30 Quote
The FBI could use them ... :)
Drekz 27th June 2011, 20:50 Quote
I don't know if anybody knows this, but at the same time, behind the lines, these guys actually did their victims... a favor you could say.

I know the crime in itself is wrong (and I'm not supporting them in any way), but you can't say the hacking didn't give them an opportunity and chance to beef up the companies' defenses for future, potential intrusions.
LeMaltor 27th June 2011, 21:03 Quote
I too like everyone else is happy these people have gone away so I can get back to using all these terribly insecure websites and stuff.

edit: for spelling fail :p
Speed 27th June 2011, 21:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by LeMaltor
I too like everyone else is happy these people have gone away so I can get back to using all these terribly insure websites and stuff.

Insure? lol ;)
TWeaK 27th June 2011, 21:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
LOIC was a 4chan/Anon thing, not LulzSec?

As I understand it, LOIC was supposed to be open to any and everyone to use, but I suppose there might've been some special access required to set targets. LulzSec may or may not have been able to gain access, but in their early days they were going on about being more 'professional' and 'precise' by not using 'teh n00bs', so I doubt they were using it. Still, DDoS wasn't entirely beneath them.
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Originally Posted by jimmyjj
They are little sh*ts but the song on their web site is awesome.

Try the mute button ;)
Gundam God 27th June 2011, 21:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
LulzSec may have disbanded but that doesn't mean individual members agree with that decision. Have they disabled the LOIC (as they like to call it) because that could still be open to abuse.

LOIC is just the name of a DDoS program, looks like this:

http://www.kagato.webspace.virginmedia.com/LOIC.jpg
digitaldave 28th June 2011, 00:31 Quote
anyone who believes they have stopped is a bit dim, these things happen all the time, the only difference with anon/lulz is they told you about it.

and if you believe they have told you all they know/all their hacks, again you are a bit dim.

the heat is on, BIG time but they are still about on twitter, I expect another name group to appear in time made of the same people taking the micheal out of the eff bee eye
Grimloon 28th June 2011, 00:39 Quote
I'm all for white hat hacking but this black hat crap pisses me off a touch. You want to hack? Fine by me. Sign up for one of the security competitions - no specific rules, just find the vulnerability. A bloke I was at school with just got a job with a major financials firm on that basis alone.

Hacking simply "because you can" and picking any target under the sun is somewhat less than ethical at best and a serious ballache at worst.
hexx 28th June 2011, 10:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cei
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pete J
LulzSec may have disbanded but that doesn't mean individual members agree with that decision. Have they disabled the LOIC (as they like to call it) because that could still be open to abuse.

LOIC was a 4chan/Anon thing, not LulzSec?

LOIC is a tool built for DDoS ing. these kids can't code, they used premade tools, the only thing they can do is (D)DoS and SQLi. They've got no clue. Lulzsec = Anon, as simple as that. Lulzsec has been getting too much heat recently from various sides (TeamP0ison, Th3J35t3r, WhiteHats forums...).

Not too many options, just disband and form something else. follow timelines on twitter of involved parties to find out more
hexx 28th June 2011, 10:58 Quote
TriCk from TeamP0ison tweeted this yesterday, could be interesting: https://twitter.com/#!/TeaMp0isoN_/status/85487789294100480
r3loaded 28th June 2011, 11:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bauul
I reckon they were found out - all the police needed to do was look for the house with the thirteen monitors, flashing flights, pumping house music and where the occupants all work in montages.

Having seen many Hollywood films, I am sure that is how all hacking takes place.
Looks like a lot of the BT community is going to get arrested on that basis!
leveller 30th June 2011, 07:31 Quote
This is worthy of news. Not these lulzsec dicks.

See how it works? You want fame and admiration, then do something worthwhile ...
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