Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hacking group LulzSec says it's calling it quits

After a whirlwind run of headline-grabbing hacking exploits that involved the likes of Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, and FBI partner Infragard, hacking group LulzSec is apparently--and suddenly--calling it quits.

The group, which cropped up on many people's radar for the first time just last month, sent a tweet late today with a link to a document on Pastebin declaring that the group's run of cybermischief was coming to an end.

"It's time to say bon voyage," the statement reads. "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." (You can read the complete text of the statement below.)

The group also linked to a final cache of stolen information, which, according to a report in the International Business Times, includes data from AT&T and AOL, among others. Twitter user @Complex posted a link to a screenshot purportedly from the data dump, which shows what looks like a defaced U.S. Navy civilian-careers Web page (see below). LulzSec had said Thursday, after leaking what it called sensitive documents from the Arizona Department of Public Safety, that it would be "releasing more goods" on Monday.

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