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Hacker group Lulzsec disbanded

By Rachel Weber

Mon 27 Jun 2011 7:55am GMT / 3:55am EDT / 12:55am PDT

Collective responsible for Sony and Bethesda hacks releases final statement

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The collective responsible for attacking a number of games industry sites has announced its decision to shut down.

The statement came on Sunday accompanied by a torrent file, which apparently includes the Battlefield Heroes Beta along with internal data from AT&T and AOL.

The torrent and goodbye note appeared on Pastebin, where Lulzsec identified itself as a group of six, and explained it had only ever planned to be active for 50 days.

"Behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement," said the statement, referring to the group's campaign to attack government websites. "We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us."

No mention was made of the recent arrest and court appearance of Ryan Cleary, a 19 year old hacker with apparent ties to Lulzsec. Lulzsec maintained the teenager merely ran one of its chatrooms.

In the past fifty days Lulzsec's targets have included a number of video game related operations, including Sony, Nintendo and Bethesda, and online games like Eve Online and Minecraft, accessing customer information and orchestrating denial of service attacks.

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Terence Gage Freelance writer

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Good bloody riddance. I expect they couldn't stand the heat with all the hornets they were stirring up including the US Government and other hacking groups apparently attacking them.

Posted:5 years ago


Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus

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But this will ultimately have no effect on anything. They're just absorbing back into the Anonymous hivemind, where they will continue to do the same stuff... or move onto another "sexy" target.

You know what I find gleefully ironic? A group that prides itself on a movement to take down what they consider to be tyrannical governments who dare to stifle speech on the internet effectively did the very same thing with their attacks on sites like The Escapist.

Posted:5 years ago


Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis

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There is currently an interesting read here:
Claims to call out the members of Lulzsec along with logs of conversations they had with each other.

Fact or Fiction it is a pretty interesting read.

Posted:5 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Good riddance - now can we all get back to gaming or something (until the next big "annoyance" hack takes down a few clouds)? As overheard on the subway last week (from some enraged hipster type who had his bank, Amazon, PSN and a few other accounts compromised this year): "Just kill 'em all and let Tron sort them out!"

OK, It was funnier hearing it in person...

Posted:5 years ago


Daniel Vardy Studying HND IT, De Montfort University

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I have had a look through the BFH Beta file and you can't question its legitimacy. There are many names on there which I know and have been able to use a rainbow table on the MD5 hash to get their password (and subsequently inform them). The only good thing about that release is the lack of an email address, meaning that a majority of the information on there is useless unless you know the person or are willing to find out more from a username alone.

Posted:5 years ago

This doesn't mean one thing besides them blending into the ether to start other hacks soon. If you think this is the end of it, you're sadly mistaken. Real hacking groups get in, get the data, and get out without detection.

Posted:5 years ago


Benn Achilleas CEO and Founder, Playabl

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Whilst you cannot condone the hacking, the result of the hacking is without doubt a safer, more secure environment which is better for the industry and consumer. Personally, I'm happier(!) to be hacked by jokers like these who do it for fun than professional hacking outfits that will look to financially profit from the data. Lulzsec has been over-hyped by the media. They were in it for the laughs (lols/ lulz) - have a look at their website and see. Most of their activity was attacking(!) websites using the classic 'password = password' technique. Yes, they did sometimes use more sophisticated methods but the data owners should without doubt have taken a much greater level of care and security with consumer data.

Posted:5 years ago


Jeffrey Kesselman CTO, Nphos

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Congrats to the brits. You scared the kiddies into behaving for awhile.

Posted:5 years ago


Tony Johns

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When trying to form a revolution, it is best not to attack any of the innocent people and instead only go after those who try to force censorship.

I don't like what happened to SONY and other companies, but I also don't like Government imposed censorship at all.

Posted:5 years ago


Alex Byrom Studying Multiplayer Online games design, Staffordshire University

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The link posted if true is very worrying, @Barrie. it makes no sence for them to hack Games/ game servers and just spoil all the fun for the rest of us.

Posted:5 years ago


Peter Dwyer software engineer, openbet

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Attacking government sites to highlight the irrational amounts of information they seem to have stored on people is one thing but, last time I checked Sony, Nintendo and Bethesda weren't governments.

This makes even their departing statement somewhat of a nonsense.

Posted:5 years ago


Sean Warren Inspector

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@Barrie Tingle
Thanks for the link, true or false, you're right, It was a bit entertaining.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Sean Warren on 30th June 2011 1:51pm

Posted:5 years ago


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