About thirteen hours prior to the writing of this piece, a very special surprise bootywas dropped by the infamous hackergroup LulzSec, over Twitter. The 50 Days of Lulzstatement and the accompanying torrent link with their last bountiful booty of 812,000 emails, AOL and AT&T internal dataand some other random information hacked off several servers, signified the end of the six-man self-appointed hacktivist group.
Their almost poetic farewell message was all about saying how much they cared about the very people they chose to disrupt, and how the world is a better place now since they have shown how a common man can spread anarchy so easily (emphasis added):-
We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to 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.
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 distanceâ€¦
Extremely magnanimous of these fellows, is it not? These fine gentlemen showed us that a small bunch of people could bring the world down to its knees, all through open exploits and SQL vulnerabilities that anyone can search for from the comforts of their establishments.
I would have tapped my hat respectfully at LulzSec if I did not know more about the entire debacle of the past fifty days.
Actually, no, I would not have tapped my hat respectfully at LulzSec at all. If I did, my name would be OddJob and I would be throwing my hat at them. Why? Because LulzSec was never a hackergroup it was a group that used to search for known exploits online, and then use them to take down, deface and otherwise maim a server or a company. In the event that there was no known exploit, they would rely on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) to take down a website. All of this in the name of lulzand, later, antisec/wikileaks movement.