The real reason Lulzsec called it quits, they were exposed?

It was only yesterday that Lulzsec made an announcement that they were calling it quits. The group stated that after 50 days of exposing many different companies and government agencies, they were shutting things down and calling it a day.

There has been a lot of speculation as to why the group would shut things down so quickly, although they did expose several more groups on their last day. A posting on Pastebin (via Reddit) may shine a little bit of light on why the group so quickly up and left. According to the post, The A-Team claims to have all the information on most of the members of Lulzsec.

To understand who/what lulzsec/gn0sis are/is you need to understand where they came from.  Everything originates from the *chan (4chan/711chan/etc.) culture.  This internet subculture is pretty much the dregs of the internet.  It's a culture built around the anonymity of the internet.  If your anonymous no one can find you.  No one can hurt you, so your invincible.  The problem with this ideology, is it' on the internet.  The internet by definition is not anonymous.  Computers have to have attribution. If you trace something back far enough you can find its origins...So we've been tracking and infiltrating these kids since the gawker hack.  We have the D0x (as they call it)on everyone except Sabu and Kayla.  First we'll go with the kid who did the gawker hack: Uncommon.

Not only is the group claiming to have the information, but they also posted all of it up for everyone to see. The information contains everything needed by authorities to locate the individuals, but at this time, we can not confirm if the information is true. 

The information unveils nearly every aspect of the individuals lives. If the information holds true, Lulzsec may have been a victim of their own success. But if this information is not true, The A-Team may have just ruined the lives of several individuals.

 

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All these "hack" groups would change their tune if it was their own personal items that were stolen. They are nothing but hypocrites, and all their "security" crap is just a coverup for their illegal crimes.

And you can bet "Lulzsec didn't disband... they want you to think that. That Anon group even said "Remember too, @Lulzsec was born from #Anonymous and now has returned. The names have changed but the threat persists." (which means they just rejoined the Anon group to continue their crime spree).

http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com...es-tunisian-government-site

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 !!!!!!

Just because they called it quits...doesnt mean we will. They will be caught and I am sure the search for them wont be stopped because they did.

you know what would work in a flash????

The US government (or sony even) should offer up immunity (with authority approval) to any one of the hackers and reward the Rat with $1,000,000 US (or any value you think is necessarily)....

They could have the whole lot in no time at all... then keep the rat under surveillance for the next 20 years secretly...

rippleman said,
you know what would work in a flash????

The US government (or sony even) should offer up immunity (with authority approval) to any one of the hackers and reward the Rat with $1,000,000 US (or any value you think is necessarily)....

They could have the whole lot in no time at all... then keep the rat under surveillance for the next 20 years secretly...

I have suggested this several times. Or something similar. People will turn in their own relatives for cash.

rippleman said,
you know what would work in a flash????

The US government (or sony even) should offer up immunity (with authority approval) to any one of the hackers and reward the Rat with $1,000,000 US (or any value you think is necessarily)....

They could have the whole lot in no time at all... then keep the rat under surveillance for the next 20 years secretly...


I agree with that also.

Beyon_Godlike said,
I was a fan of these guys until they went too far, they DDOS'd league of legends on my gaming night..and that was simply immoral

Aergan said,
Good read, when's the movie?

+1. I love reading stuff like this. Good to see script kiddies get pwned. Always think it's funny when people use pre-existing tools and exploits and call themselves hackers.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Which is exactly what I thought would happen. They were bragging too much NOT to get caught eventually.

Exposed and caught is not exactly the same thing...

ShamilN said,

Can you confirm that these details are true, and not someone trying to throw people off, or is this pure conjecture?

I honestly think that the one way we will find out if this is true is when the police start arresting them. But the fact that another group released it, makes me believe that is true. Otherwise they would ruin their own reputation.

Xenon said,

I honestly think that the one way we will find out if this is true is when the police start arresting them. But the fact that another group released it, makes me believe that is true. Otherwise they would ruin their own reputation.

Problem is, we don't know who the A-team is. It could be a spin off from LulzSec, along side to throw people off.

Of course, police arrests will be clues, that is, if they arrest the correct people.

AFAIAC, the only reason they disbanded is because they attracted a sh*t load of attention from law enforcement - espicially after hacking my home state (Arizona) DPS.
When you hack LE, your asking for it. I'm sure now they are running scared. Why all of a sudden just "stop" after a high-profile target? Like I said...

I started hating them after they screwed up Minecraft.net (before then I had no opinion) - the creator of Minecraft did NOTHING wrong. Why hack a game site that people enjoyed, had no political motives, not attached to any major corporation, etc.?

I hope they all get caught. "For the Lulz" shows immaturity AFAIAC as well....

Uhm, that Ryan Cleary who got arrested the other day, is he the ryan that stole psn accounts that was mentioned a while back?

zikalify said,
Uhm, that Ryan Cleary who got arrested the other day, is he the ryan that stole psn accounts that was mentioned a while back?

There are no reports to confirm this.

jeff_pony said,
Using the same usernames for IRC as facebook, etc Does not seem like they would have taken to long to track down....

Which is why this seems too good to be true.

ShamilN said,

Which is why this seems too good to be true.

Especially since they insulted users for using the same password...

I just thought of something - is it possible the group that got Lulzsec's info, (which I assume was via hacking the hackers,) will be arrested for vigilante hacking? (If such a charge even exists.) Just wondering.

MASTER260 said,
I just thought of something - is it possible the group that got Lulzsec's info, (which I assume was via hacking the hackers,) will be arrested for vigilante hacking? (If such a charge even exists.) Just wondering.

Yes.

MASTER260 said,
I just thought of something - is it possible the group that got Lulzsec's info, (which I assume was via hacking the hackers,) will be arrested for vigilante hacking? (If such a charge even exists.) Just wondering.

They didn't do any hacking, just collected information of the users by doing research on account pages and social websites. Pretty sure it isn't a crime when the information is published on the internet willingly by the person on public profiles...

Lulzcrap just seemed to take it too far and didn't realize what they were getting into. Who knows, maybe some of them did.

Kushan - I agree, could be a way to throw authorities off. But for all we know authorities have all the information they need and are just processing it right now waiting to make arrests. Some have already been made, and hopefully many more.

I'd take all this with a pinch of salt, for all we know the people on this list are innocent and just annoyed the wrong people. Hell, it could be LulzSec themselves that released this info to throw people off, who knows.
One thing I think is evident, though. The people behind Lulzsec have quite a lot of people after them and if even just one of them gets caught, I can see the rest of them spending a long time in prison.

Kushan said,
I'd take all this with a pinch of salt, for all we know the people on this list are innocent and just annoyed the wrong people. Hell, it could be LulzSec themselves that released this info to throw people off, who knows.
One thing I think is evident, though. The people behind Lulzsec have quite a lot of people after them and if even just one of them gets caught, I can see the rest of them spending a long time in prison.

Exactly. Who's TriCk? He's a 17 year old UK resident who's been trying to uncover LulzSec. Unfortunately for him, he just blabbed his details on Twitter.

Kushan said,
I'd take all this with a pinch of salt, for all we know the people on this list are innocent and just annoyed the wrong people. Hell, it could be LulzSec themselves that released this info to throw people off, who knows.
One thing I think is evident, though. The people behind Lulzsec have quite a lot of people after them and if even just one of them gets caught, I can see the rest of them spending a long time in prison.
Totally agree. A few days ago I thought someone published alleged info about lulzsec as well.

Kushan said,
I'd take all this with a pinch of salt, for all we know the people on this list are innocent and just annoyed the wrong people. Hell, it could be LulzSec themselves that released this info to throw people off, who knows.
One thing I think is evident, though. The people behind Lulzsec have quite a lot of people after them and if even just one of them gets caught, I can see the rest of them spending a long time in prison.
Trust me, Lulz didn't release this info. The grammar and punctuation in this "release" is terrible.

vip said,
Trust me, Lulz didn't release this info. The grammar and punctuation in this "release" is terrible.

You don't think they wouldn't be smart enough to do that? its relly not dat hard ta do somtin lyke dat

If they were smart to be untraceable wouldn't they use anonymous terminals, say in schools/libraries or public internet hubs?

ArKeYa said,
If they were smart to be untraceable wouldn't they use anonymous terminals, say in schools/libraries or public internet hubs?

Those are traceable.

ShamilN said,

Those are traceable.

The terminals themselves, yes, but if they move around between many different places, then not likely to track them very easily.

ArKeYa said,
The terminals are traceable, the user isn't.

So they'd use Security Cameras to ID people who showed up at all locations...

farmeunit said,

The terminals themselves, yes, but if they move around between many different places, then not likely to track them very easily.

You can identify who was at a specific location from that location pretty easily.

ArKeYa said,
If they were smart to be untraceable wouldn't they use anonymous terminals, say in schools/libraries or public internet hubs?

Isn't this exactly what Bin Laden's courier is supposed to have done in Pakistan?

thommcg said,

So they'd use Security Cameras to ID people who showed up at all locations...

I don't know about you but in schools near my area, there are a lot of people going throught these libraries.

If I were a hacker, I would use the facility, have a text book in front of me with my laptop and do my dirty deed. Just keep looking on the text book, and write a few things on your notebook. Smoke and mirrors. What will the camera trace back?

thommcg said,

So they'd use Security Cameras to ID people who showed up at all locations...

So you are simply just generalizing and assuming that there's a camera at every public institution?

farmeunit said,

The terminals themselves, yes, but if they move around between many different places, then not likely to track them very easily.

I believe they would need to spoof their MAC addresses, and randomized. Otherwise, an intelligence agency would just need to play connect the dots, be on the lookout for your machine while monitoring attack launches from a central command center, and all of a sudden black helicopters appear over the library you're logged into, and armored SUVs appear out of nowhere.

That's how it works in the movies, anyway...

Tom said,
According to that.. I'm about 15-20 minutes away from someone who has a tie with them.

Cool story bra. Your brush with greatness. r.o.f.l.