Hacker Group LulzSec Disbands

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Hacker group Lulz Security (otherwise known as "LulzSec") has apparently called it quits after wreaking havoc against several different big-name companies and organizations, including PBS, Sony, and Nintendo. (Source: cnet.com)

In a public announcement last week, LulzSec said it would be disbanding its group.

"Not surprisingly, they are quitting. Lulzsec members are feeling the heat and are busy avoiding arrest. As predicted, the end of Lulzsec was inevitable. During this [past] week they tried to cover up themselves in order to avoid arrest by: regrouping with Anonymous, creating the 'antisec' operation, falsely claiming the UK census was hacked as a 'red herring,'" said Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy at Imperva. (Source: ibtimes.com)

Entertainment the Motivation for Hacks

Why do it? Just because they could, it seems.

"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," LulzSec said in a recent statement. "All to selflessly entertain others." (Source: latimes.com)

LulzSec was known for hacking prominent private companies and government agencies. Late last week the group released a flood of secret documents for a number of different companies, including AOL and AT&T. (Source: pcmag.com)

"Operation Anti-Security" Alive and Kicking

The most recent documents were related to a campaign LulzSec called "Operation Anti-Security," or AntiSec.

The crusade appeared to target private firms but also law enforcement agencies. Some experts wonder if LulzSec has a political slant after all -- in the past, the group has claimed it attacked simply for fun. (Source: arstechnica.com)

LulzSec's decision to disband is likely tied to increasing pressure from law enforcement and other hacking groups, both of which are currently attempting to reveal the identities of those participating in the attacks.

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