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Hacker group Lulzsec disbanded

Collective responsible for Sony and Bethesda hacks releases final statement

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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Rachel Weber: Rachel Weber has been with GamesIndustry since 2011 and specialises in news-writing and investigative journalism. She has more than five years of consumer experience, having previously worked for Future Publishing in the UK.
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