By M. Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
After 50 days of shenanigans, “lulz,” and fearmongering by the mainstream media, the now-infamous LulzSecurity, or LulzSec, has announced an end to their campaign. I found this quite surprising, especially given they just recently announced a new joint operation with Anonymous entitled “Anti-Sec.” Why was their crusade so short lived? Why end without carrying out any of the grandiose promises and threats published across the internet? Why prove themselves to be yet another blow-hard hacker group that does way more talking and hyping than hacking?
To keep from going out without so much as a fizzle, the group did a final dump of stolen information garnered through their various escapades including data from Office Networks of Corporations, AOL Internal Data, Battlefield Heroes data (50k users), FBI being Silly, Private Investigator Emails, Random Gaming forums (50k users), Nato-bookshop.org (12k users), AT&T internal data, and Hackforums.net (200k users). However, the dump was hastily removed from the Pirate Bay, so maybe going out with a fizzle is a bit of an overstatement.
Is this group of “super-brain hackers” doing what any remotely intelligent and effective hacking group does by going underground and obfuscating themselves? The fact that LulzSec was clearly thriving off of the media attention and, in fact, actively seeking it out through IamA posts on Reddit and their public Twitter account was always a bit fishy. The world’s best hacking groups are largely unknown outside of the cybersecurity community and that is the way they like it. Could LulzSec be attempting to get out of the spotlight in order to carry out more serious attacks? Or are they actually disbanding without managing to leak any real secrets or information other than the personal information of innocent internet users and police officers?