LulzSec hacking group disbands

Written by Antony Leather

June 27, 2011 // 1:19 p.m.

Tags: #hacker #lulzsec #playstation-network #sony

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.'

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