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Hacktivist Group LulzSec Ends Hacking Streak, Leaks 600K+ User Accounts for Its Final Release

Earlier this month, we reported to you about a group of hackers that call themselves LulzSecurity (LulzSec) have been targeting websites of high profile companies such as Sony and Nintendo and even those that belong to the government such as the FBI and the US Senate. Their usual modus was to target a website and extract user accounts, profiles and other sensitive information from that site and leak them for everyone to download. They claim to be doing this to expose the corruption and racism of companies and institutions around the world and it is all in the name of "lulz." Today, hacktivist group LulzSec announced that they are ending their campaign today.

LulzSec Down
Just a few days ago, LulzSec claimed responsibility for hacking and leaking classified information from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. It does look like they are not going to stop any time now. They even released on June 24 that they are planning to cause "2 months of mayhem and more to come." Yet in their announcement today, they said that their "planned 50 day voyage has expired."

If they were indeed going for two months, then why prematurely stop at 50 days? It does look like they are getting a good amount of "lulz" over this. Then why stop now? Well, one could only assume that the campaign was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances such as having the authorities on your tail. There is also a dedicated blogspot run by a group that refer to themselves as "Cyber Vigilantes" that was created for the purpose of exposing the identities of LulzSec members.

Here is the complete statement of LulzSec that they are ending their "50 day" campaign released today in torrent:

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 super villain 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.

Since this is LulzSec's final release, along with their announcement comes leaked confidential data from AT&T and AOL plus over 550,000 user accounts from Battlefield Heroes Beta and 50,000+ from forums of various gaming websites.

So is it really over? Or is this a strategy of LulzSec members to throw the authorities off their tracks?

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