LulzSec’s 50 day voyage has ended officiallly. Their twitter account announced at Midnight, GMT, just as promise, that their group had ended, but the movement had not. Their final press release can be read here. From that document:
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.
They leave behind an incredible legacy rivalled only by the Arab Spring. In those 50 days, LulzSec was able to go from nothing to over 250,00 followers in twitter, two franchises (one in Brazil, and one in Italy), a full movement (antisec), and their own channel on Anonymous’ irc. They asked in their final statement for the movements to live on without them.
their final statement also came with a release of data via The Pirate Bay. The TPB release includes hacked information from AT&T, AOL, Battlefield Heroes, the FBI, hackforums.net, NATO-bookshop.org, the US Navy, Reuters, and other random targets. The total size is over 400 Megabytes.
LulzSec’s ‘retirement’ came after almost no warning. A twitter message appeared at 3:40pm PST on their page reading, ‘Dropping booty at Midnight GMT (that’s in 30 minutes – go to hell, daylight savings).’ The ‘booty drop’ had no prior announcement except for a hint at ‘a very special surprise.’ this release comes on the heels of the 442MB dump taken from the Arizona Department of Public Safety on Thursday. Arizona was not happy about that leak, but Anonymous gave a generally favorable review.
LulzSec’s prolific activity, and the activity they inspired, had the FBI scrambling in so many directions that the collateral is worse than the crime. As one blogger put it:
As of late the governments actions in public have been disastrous and it has gotten to the point where people feel compelled to act to stop it. People feel like their rights are being stripped away and that they have no control over their own private lives. They are afraid. So when someone comes along and is not afraid, and not only not afraid but willing and able to act against the target of their fears, they rally around them and support them, feeling less afraid to act themselves, and after enough time they lose all fear of any legal repercussions because they believe they are morally right.
As anonymous would put it, ‘good night sweet prince.’