Lulzsec calls it quits, ends hacking spree after 50 days

Over the past 50 days Lulzsec has been drawing a lot of attention as they hacked many websites and released sensitive information to the Internet. In a posting today, Lulzsec said that they are stopping their antics and that the spree of hacking has come to an end.

In a posting on Pastebin, the group states that while they are ending the pillaging by Lulzsec, this does not mean the end of the their actions. Fundamentally, the group is a big supporter of the antisec (anti-security) movement as they state, "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 individuals behind Lulzsec will most likely continue on individually under other names as they state that they are not tied to this identity. While this may be a bit of relief for Sony and the many other groups attacked by Lulzsec, they did manage to show the lack of security across many different corporations and government agencies. 

While it is up for argument if the group is quitting because of increased pressure from the police or if they are ending on their own accord, as it stands now, the group has yet to be caught. One supposed member of the group was arrested but Lulzsec quickly shot that down by saying that he was only hosting the IRC channel and had no affiliation with the group. 

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BS to LulzSec statements etc etc .... they seen whats happening to Ryan Cleary and probly now poo ping ther pants so now there going to run and hide like the cowards they are !!!! ... eg look at the post they made when the news broke there word " which poor ****** did they get " then the next was oh hes not in our group but he did run IRC ... and they have linked him to themselves by teh fact they even know who he is and what he was doing !!!!!!

BS to LulzSec statements etc etc .... they seen whats happening to Ryan Cleary and probly now poo ping ther pants so now there going to run and hide like the cowards they are !!!! ... eg look at the post they made when the news broke there word " which poor ****** did they get " then the next was oh hes not in our group but he did run IRC ... and they have linked him to themselves by teh fact they even know who he is and what he was doing !!!!!!

From what's been posted on neowin & other news-type sites I got the impression that at least one of the Lulzsec goals was to bring new awareness to the hacking that was already going on. If that was a goal, then arguably they have achieved their aim, & anything further would be sort of anti-climatic.

If ending the group (at least publicly) makes sense in that regard, it also makes sense I'd imagine to get out of the limelight, given all the folks that were/are after them... Law enforcement has to respond to having it's nose tweaked so-to-speak, not just from pride but from the perspective of justifying their pay checks. Hackers that are into it for profit obviously don't want their job made harder, while companies & the individuals responsible for security within them would very much like to continue as they were, without it becoming publicly obvious that more was/is needed. And then I'd guess there are those who, in a nod to old cowboy flicks want to add to their own legend. Not that disbanding Lulzsec publicly or otherwise is any assurance that the hunt won't continue, or that it won't become more dangerous yet for members of the group... it's easier to be loyal when there's something in it for you personally, & for 1 or more people that something may have been the ego trip of all the publicity -- if that's now over does anyone with real info stay loyal or do they go for the ego trip of being the one who outed the group?

So they didn't call Quits, as the title suggests. They will just be hacking under different names.

techbeck said,
I have said it all along. They are COWARDS...period. This is just proof of it.

I don't quite understand how this makes them cowards? they did some damage and have announced they are done doing the damage under the name LulzSec nothing more nothing less

It's ok if you're hurt by these individuals but calling them cowards and claiming that this is proof just seems illogical =/

I agree with DDStriker. Also, I don't think cowards would hit the FBI, the CIA, and other law enforcement agencies directly. I mean, sure, it might not be the smart thing to do, but it takes grapefruit sized balls to do something like that nonetheless.

Of course, any individual with a lick of sense should probably quit while their ahead. If your identity/identities are on the verge of going public (if they haven't already), there's no sense in committing crimes while under the watchful eye of the law.

i still go with some government affiliated folks... playing the part of 'tweens haxing for the funs'.

Sounds like they are running scared. They must have caught wind that someone was getting close and decided to call it quits like the pathetic chumps they are.

Elessar said,
Sounds like they are running scared. They must have caught wind that someone was getting close and decided to call it quits like the pathetic chumps they are.

+1
they probably got scared of Ryan's arrest and backoff.

Elessar said,
Sounds like they are running scared. They must have caught wind that someone was getting close and decided to call it quits like the pathetic chumps they are.

Running from what? also whats with all the blatant insults "pathetic chumps" if anything they made pathetic chumps out of other people if you're going to insult them for offending you at least use appropriate words

DDStriker said,

Running from what? also whats with all the blatant insults "pathetic chumps" if anything they made pathetic chumps out of other people if you're going to insult them for offending you at least use appropriate words


Releasing private information about innocent people is nothing but pathetic. I'm not saying all of the attacks were on innocents, but many were and again, any respectful hacker/hacker group remains silent and out of the public eye. These guys are nothing more than attention whores. Hopefully they are caught soon and put to public shame.

I'm sure it has zero to do with "th3j35t3r" finding the real IP of their site, trapping "Sabu" with the intenially messed up script he put on pastebin that he knew "Sabu" would fix or anything else "th3j35t3r" and "Web Ninjas" have done. Oh and the fact that there's plenty of logs to prove that little Ryan was more than a person who just runs the IRC.

Any of you supporters even read any of the logs? He even admitted he talks too much of what they've done in one of them. Little Ryan probably started crying like a baby and spilling his guts as soon as he was arrested. Not to mention that all 6 members were huge attention whores. People like that don't stay quiet lol. That's why they will all be caught. They put too much effort into getting all the attention they could and neglected to fully cover their tracks.

The only "lulz" I got out of the whole thing was how arrogant they are. People with that much arrogance always fail.

They may have called it quits but I'm sure Law Enforcement Agencies haven't and won't .

"Lulzsec, they did manage to show the lack of security across many different corporations and government agencies. "

Security wholes that we all knew existed in every system. All it takes is 1 person to USE the whole I'm pretty sure Neowin has about 20.. Think your details are safe?

Morphine-X said,
They may have called it quits but I'm sure Law Enforcement Agencies haven't and won't .

"Lulzsec, they did manage to show the lack of security across many different corporations and government agencies. "

Security wholes that we all knew existed in every system. All it takes is 1 person to USE the whole I'm pretty sure Neowin has about 20.. Think your details are safe?

wholes != holes

Morphine-X said,
They may have called it quits but I'm sure Law Enforcement Agencies haven't and won't .

"Lulzsec, they did manage to show the lack of security across many different corporations and government agencies. "

Security wholes that we all knew existed in every system. All it takes is 1 person to USE the whole I'm pretty sure Neowin has about 20.. Think your details are safe?

So you're cool with your password not being encrypted? Good for you.

My feeling is...their little comment saying they wanted Obama to put a shoe on his head drew some federal attention to these guys...so they are going to lay low for a bit.

texasghost said,
My feeling is...their little comment saying they wanted Obama to put a shoe on his head drew some federal attention to these guys...so they are going to lay low for a bit.

They had plenty of federal attention before they said that and they know it. If you know where to find them chatting, you can clearly see how nervous and scared they are. Even more so once little Ryan got arrested. If he was nothing more than the person who ran the IRC, they wouldn't have gotten soo nervous.

atleast we won't have to hear about it anymore...until something else comes up or they get jailed

They really quit to try and disassociate and not get caught. And will continue under other names so people think they're more than the immature kids they've been acting as.

they will still be caught, even if the quit now, hacking a government website was just retarded... had they stopped BEFORE that point maybe the situation would have cooled down, but not now, they will continue to be tracked and caught.

rippleman said,
they will still be caught, even if the quit now, hacking a government website was just retarded... had they stopped BEFORE that point maybe the situation would have cooled down, but not now, they will continue to be tracked and caught.

How will they track them if there is nothing to track?

Some may hate LulzSec but I don't. what they did was good. Maybe now companies will save your personal information a little better and safer. If these companies don't do anything then they are just stupid

-=SEDIN=- said,
Some may hate LulzSec but I don't. what they did was good. Maybe now companies will save your personal information a little better and safer. If these companies don't do anything then they are just stupid

Many many people will say the ends didn't justify the means...

-=SEDIN=- said,
Some may hate LulzSec but I don't. what they did was good. Maybe now companies will save your personal information a little better and safer. If these companies don't do anything then they are just stupid

Please tell me your address so I can commit a crime against your family. Then you can thank me and improve your home security.

Stupid is as stupid does.

-=SEDIN=- said,
Some may hate LulzSec but I don't. what they did was good. Maybe now companies will save your personal information a little better and safer. If these companies don't do anything then they are just stupid

While Lulzsec have really shown us how insecure our data really is, you can't not dislike them for what they've done. Gaining access to millions of people's data isn't cool, even if it is "for the lulz".

COKid said,

Please tell me your address so I can commit a crime against your family. Then you can thank me and improve your home security.

Stupid is as stupid does.


+1

COKid said,

Please tell me your address so I can commit a crime against your family. Then you can thank me and improve your home security.

Stupid is as stupid does.


Ahh if i only got a Penny for every time i heard that argument i would have been a rich rich man.
take a phonebook, and you will find my name in there.

-=SEDIN=- said,

Ahh if i only got a Penny for every time i heard that argument i would have been a rich rich man.
take a phonebook, and you will find my name in there.

There are thousands of people out there doing exactly what lulz did, up to the point of revealing the info they gathered, and over the counter making a fortune doing it. I'd have been all for the lulz of site takedowns and new home pages if they didn't deliberatly target end users and individuals. That's not improving security, that's burning lives to the ground,f for the lulz.

COKid said,

Please tell me your address so I can commit a crime against your family. Then you can thank me and improve your home security.

Stupid is as stupid does.


thumbs up

COKid said,

Please tell me your address so I can commit a crime against your family. Then you can thank me and improve your home security.

Stupid is as stupid does.

You are still missing the point. The whole idea is to be cautious about your personal information and where you leave it behind on the intrawebs.

COKid said,

Please tell me your address so I can commit a crime against your family. Then you can thank me and improve your home security.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Because Lulzsec murdered people. You don't have to ask people for their address anyway.

COKid said,
Please tell me your address so I can commit a crime against your family. Then you can thank me and improve your home security.

Stupid is as stupid does.


Why don't you quit while you're ahead?

When you got the FBI, CIA, etc on your ass, it's just a matter of time since they can start getting close to you. They get payed for it, why wouldn't they?

More like they quit because the apache 0day check is implemented in firewalls and logged is at a priority! Pffff

dead.cell said,
Cool, maybe now we'll have less promotions of murder and torture here on Neowin!

You're gonna have to elaborate on this. Lulzsec have never spoken of torture or murder... have they?

Majesticmerc said,

You're gonna have to elaborate on this. Lulzsec have never spoken of torture or murder... have they?

Pretty sure he was speaking of the community here on Neowin with their unmoderated/not-so-thought-through posts..

dead.cell said,
Cool, maybe now we'll have less promotions of murder and torture here on Neowin!

I still think that the police should arrest all these scums and execute them to set an example for others.

XIII said,

I still think that the police should arrest all these scums and execute them to set an example for others.

Yes. YES... LETS ALL JUMP TO THE DEATH SENTENCE FOR PETTY CRIMES YESSSSSSS.

Tpiom said,
I need a film of this when the media has the whole story... sort of!

So the media can twist it and change it to fit the Hacker stereotype to make hackers look even worse? Thanks Ill pass.