LulzSec: We're Disbanding

Online experts say legal heat was too much for hacker group
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2011 6:08 AM CDT
A May 31 frame grab of the PBS website after it was hacked by LulzSec.   (AP Photo, file)
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(Newser) – Just as it looked like LulzSec was gearing up for an extended reign of cyber leaks and hijinks, the notorious hacker squad decided to hang up its modem—but not without one last hurrah, reports Reuters. "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," the group said in a statement.

But with LulzSec coming under increasing pressure from law enforcement around the world, some analysts think that the "50 day cruise" is just bravado to cover a sudden retreat in the face of some pretty serious heat. "I can't help but wonder if the pirates aren't on the run," writes a security analyst at Beta News. Even if LulzSec really is going away, they leave with one with their biggest data dumps yet, featuring tech manuals, passwords, and other data from AOL, AT&T, the FBI, the US Navy, and much more.

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