LulzSec announced that it was bowing out of action at the weekend, as its 50 days of hacking was brought to a sudden end.
With national press giving the group coverage and an edition of BBC Newsnight focussing heavily on LulzSec's actions and the subsequent impact of it, it announced that its 'planned 50-day cruise had expired and we must now sail into the distance'.
It said: “For the past 50 days, we've been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could. All to selflessly entertain others: vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love.
“The raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy. It's what we all crave, even the seemingly lifeless politicians and emotionless, middle-aged self-titled failures. You are not failures. You have not blown away. You can get what you want and you are worth having it, believe in yourself.”
It said that while it was responsible for everything that 'The Lulz Boat' is, it is not tied to this identity permanently, but it continues to believe in its '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,” it said.
“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.”
Its statement concluded by thanking supporters with a 'shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe', asking them to make mirrors of material on the website, as it had no plans to renew the website hosting.
Fellow 'hacktivism' group Anonymous said on its Twitter feed that 'LulzSec may fade away but all fellow lizards can rest assured that AntiSec will not'. “LulzSec was our vanguard, now it's time to sail free,” it said.
In a feature on BBC Newsnight on Friday, LulzSec member 'Whirlpool' said that it is a global hacker movement against the common people who deem themselves oppressors, namely the world governments.
Asked what LulzSec is trying to achieve, Whirlpool said: “People fear new rules, people fear the 'higher-ups' and we're here to bring them down a few notches. Our targets are global. Corrupt rules and laws covers our whirlpool attack vector pretty well. Cannonballs will fire at banks, police and entire governments until we are satisfied. This is Anonymous on unstoppable steroids.”
Rik Ferguson, director of security research and communications at Trend Micro, said: “We are yet to see a published manifesto of AntiSec to the best of my knowledge, but it seems to be their mission to fight against what they perceive to be injustice, censorship and unnecessary restrictions on freedom and using any tools at their disposal to do that.”
Former United States secretary of homeland security Michael Chertoff said ironically people who are pursuing this wave of hacker attack will be likely to spur an increase in security, which is against what they are looking for.
James Lyne, senior technologist at Sophos, agreed, saying it was not about throwing money at it, but there is never an excuse to put people at risk. “We should all be working to make the internet more secure. We see more and more cases of high profile hacktivism that is drawing attention to the issue,” he said.