At 00:03 (BST), 26 June 2011, Lulz Security has claimed to be shutting down. With a statement saying that their 50 day voyage is over, they have announced that they no longer plan to continue.
This claim to have planned only to run for 50 days is rubbish. Hell, their claim that they’re just wanting to get on with their lives now, is rubbish.
The fact is, Lulz Security is/was just a group of six people, probably kids, that performed hacks that are not new. They likely used freely available software to any high school child with a fetish for hacking. Under no circumstance should they be seen as hacking master minds. They only wanted the fame that comes from knocking out a few high profile sites.
So what’s really caused them to close down. Well, to use Lul’z favoured nautical puns, that’s simple, they got into water that was too deep. With rival hacking groups out to expose them and law enforcement agencies the world over desperate to get their hands on them, they realise that they simply do not have the know how to hide themselves much longer.
I think a reaction from the public has assisted too. I doubt I’m the only one who questions Lulz motives, as I did in this previous blog. No, I think Lulz will have seen that people do not support a hacking group that’s just out for the fun of it, just out for the fame. People who support hacktivist groups like Anonymous don’t want fun or a new set of celebrities, they want the world to be a better place.
Here’s Lulz Security’s statement.
Friends around the globe,
We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us.
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.
While we are responsible for everything that The Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently. Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people. People with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you. Even Hitler and Osama Bin Laden had these unique variations and style, and isn’t that interesting to know? The mediocre painter turned supervillain liked cats more than we did.
Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, 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. We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us. 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.
So with those last thoughts, it’s time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind – we hope – inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.
Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon.
Let it flow…
Lulz Security – our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011, and a shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe
Our mayhem: http://lulzsecurity.com/releases/
Our chaos: http://thepiratebay.org/user/LulzSec/
Our final release: http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6495523/50_Days_of_Lulz
Please make mirrors of material on the website, because we’re not renewing the hosting. Goodbye. <3