Hacking group Lulsec announced that it has ended its 50 day cyber attack operation and will now disappear from existence.
"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," the group wrote in a message uploaded to The Pirate Bay file sharing website on Saturday.
"It is time to say bon voyage," the message concluded. "We must now sail into the distance."
The Lulz farewell also claimed that the group was comprised of six members and that it was always the plan to run a 50 day hacking free-for-all and then stop. The Lulz claimed responsibility for attacking various web sites and services including Sony Pictures, Nintendo, The Escapist, Eve Online, Bethesda, Epic Games, League of Legends, the Central Intelligence Agency, the US Senate, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
While the group (believed to be a break-away group from Anonymous) claims that it was always their intention to stop after 50 days, some recent developments may have had more to do with their departure from the scene.
First, the most obvious reason might be that this group of hackers have caught the attention of the FBI and the CIA, who won’t sit back and let their security be compromised without some sort of response. Secondly, there are other hackers who apparently don’t like this group very much and have promised to reveal their real identities to the public. Rumor has it that that has already happened, but this has yet to be confirmed.
But the disappearing act might not be enough to save this group. PandaLabs technical director Luis Corrons thinks that these "young people" have the false impression that they won’t ever be caught.
"In the Lulz group, they know what they are doing when it comes to breaking into places," PandaLabs technical director Luis Corrons told AFP. "It’s their way to say the security here sucks and we are going to show you why. Based on the way they act, I would say they are young people."
"These guys are upsetting a lot of people," added Corrons. "They think they will never be caught, and that could be their biggest mistake."
Whatever the reasons for the group’s sudden departure, companies that do business on the Internet must be breathing a collective sigh of relief.