Hacker group du jour Lulz Security announced last night that it is disbanding. The shady, anonymous band of mischief-makers were behind hacks on Sony, the CIA, the FBI, and PBS, among other things; now they claim to be breaking up. After the jump, portions of their goodbye press release:
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.
“Planned 50 day cruise” would indicate that LulzSec blueprinted its own demise. But why? Perhaps, despite their leader telling Gawker that he’s “never felt safer,” they’d begun to feel a little less (lulz) secure. A document claiming to be a list of LulzSec’s members has been making the rounds, and maybe the sudden disbanding of LulzSec indicates that the list has some truth to it. Anyway, if LulzSec is truly demobilizing, we can expect the next batch of nerdy anonymous hackers in no time.