Hacking group LulzSec announced the group is to disband following a series of high profile break-ins including websites including Sony and Arizon Law Enforcement.
In a statement the group dubiously claimed that their intention all along was to operate for 50 days "disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could."
British police arrested 19-year-old Ryan Cleary as part of an international Scotland Yard FBI investigation into the hacking group with specific charges relating to a denial of service attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). LulzSec have denied Cleary is part of the group.
Speculation mounted that while the group clearly craved media attention, unwanted attention from the authorities may have forced them into hiding. In a typically puffy statement believed to be authored by the group’s wordsmith ‘Topiary’, Lulzsec concluded: "Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon."
The group counted more than law enforcement among their foes with ex-US military hacker Jester coming out against the group’s releases of individual’s private data, calling them "common bullies" in it for the money.
Jester appeared to take delight in notorious file sharing website the Pirate’s Bay taking down LulzSec’s ’50 days of lulz’ file on the basis of it containing a virus. "That’s how much lulz love you," he tweeted.