The hacking group Lulzsec has announced via a press release that it is disbanding. The ceasefire comes at the end of what Lulzsec members claim to have been a pre-planned, 50 day spate of attacks against companies including Sony, Nintendo, Fox and PBS.
"Our planned 50 day cruise has expired." the group announced in a press release. "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 made headlines throughout the 50 day period with its high profile attacks, which it carried out either as benign demonstrations of holes in companies' digital security (as with Nintendo) or as revenge for perceived oppression (as with Sony and its lawsuit against George "Geohotz" Hotz, the man responsible for jailbreaking Sony's PlayStation 3). US news sites were also targeted, allegedly as a show of support for Wikileaks and imprisoned US soldier Bradley Manning.
The press release also calls for others to pick up the online activism torch in the future: "Behind the insanity and the mayhem, we truly believe in the [Anti-security] movement" reads the statement. "We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revoution that can continue on without us... Please don't stop. Together we can stomp down our common oppressors."
Read the Lulzsec press release in its entirety here.