The hacker group LulzSec has announced an end to its fifty-day campaign of internet terror that saw the group mess with Sony, AT&T, and various governments.
The group's announcement went out Saturday and functioned as both a sort of "nyah nyah nyah" and a call to arms:
"For the past fifty days we've been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could… we hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us."
Speculation abounds that the group is making an exit based on the amount of pressure it's facing from various law enforcement agencies. Last week, Scotland Yard arrested a nineteen-year old described as the "mastermind" of LulzSec, though the group later claimed via Twitter that he was only "mildly associated" with them.
Apparently, LulzSec's whole campaign was tailored to a fifty-day period. The LulzSec member Sabu put it a different way on Twitter: "We retired lulzsec at its peak. We are smart."
LulzSec was an interesting case of hacker morality, if that's not an oxymoron: so much of their rhetoric painted their crusade as having a Robin Hood-like drive. And, I guess their attack on Sony could be read in that man-against-the-machine light.
But one of their most recent attacks was a dump of Arizona state documents, many of which were law-enforcement materials that released the names of individuals doing real, serious work, like informants and members of the Highway Patrol. The group claimed to be doing it in protest of Arizona's immigration law, but I fail to see how throwing cogs into the inner workings of law-enforcement operations dealing with cartel violence is a blow against the questionable values of a select group of lawmakers.
In a way, LulzSec is the internet's perfect mascot — occasionally good, occasionally dickish, and totally singular.