The Lulz Security hacking group claimed it was disbanding yesterday, with a final message to its supporters urging them to 'continue the fight'.
The group shot to fame over recent weeks after attacks on companies and government-run organisations such as the CIA, but said it was calling a halt to its 50-day campaign and signed off with the release of hundreds of thousands of personal details.
“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,” the group claimed.
While the group said its work was over, it called for continued support for its AntiSec campaign and and told supporters to continue the fight by following another hacking group, Anonymous.
“While we are responsible for everything that the Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently,” the group said.
“Behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We hope that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us.”
One last leak
LulzSec's final breach involved data from 11 companies, with data from AT&T and other sites posted online.
There are also unconfirmed reports that the “booty” files made available included a trojan virus that could potentially give the group the last laugh.
"Following the final release and alleged disbanding of the group LulzSec, information is beginning to circulate about infected files found with in their final release," said the webmaster blog AdminSpot.
There is speculation over the reason for LulzSec disbanding, but the arrest last week of a 19-year-old alleged member could have marked the tightening of the noose as investigators probed the group.
Over the weekend, it was revealed that Ryan Cleary suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, raising comparisons with hacker Gary McKinnon, who also suffers from the disorder and has been battling extradition to the US to face charges of attacking NASA computers.
This article originally appeared at pcpro.co.uk