Earlier this month, Lulz Security - the hacking organization who claimed to have hacked Sony earlier this month and have been a thorn in the side of online services for the past few weeks or so - have announced they're bringing an end to their brief reign of chaos. The group - who support and have loose ties with fellow hacker cabal, Anonymous - released a statement via torrent site, Pirate Bay, detailing their departure.
"Friends around the globe," begins Lulz Sec's statement. "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".
They go on to explain that their recent cyber spree - hacking Sony, shutting down various sites by overloading their servers - was an act of "vanity" to attract "fame" and "recognition". Lulz' spree was so damaging, the FBI were forced to intervene, resulting in a full-scale investigation of the organizations and its members.
Before comparing themselves to the likes of Osama Bin Laden and Hitler, Lulz explain that they're people, just like all of us. They like normal stuff like food and television. And as such, they're retiring from the scene. However, Lulz urge other hackers still operating in the field to continue causing chaos, in the hope that the work they started can go on without them.
"So with those last thoughts, it’s time to say bon voyage". I, for one, am not that sad to see them go. While I applaud genuine attempts to undermine blatant acts of corruption or greed, Lulz appeared aimless in their attacks, a loose cannon with no regard for others innocent to their cause. Maybe now we won't have two or three hacking stories to write up every day, too. [New York Times]