The hacker group LulzSec says it has disbanded after 50 days of activity, and has urged supporters to follow rival group Anonymous instead.
Via documents linked to through a message on Twitter, posted late on Saturday, LulzSec said it was "time to say bon voyage", and released a final dump of data varying from a private investigation firm's usernames and passwords to details on AOL's network configurations. The document also revealed that LulzSec had "a crew of six".
"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," a Pastebin document read. "If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere."
A subsequent tweet urged the maintenance of LulzSec's joint attack operation with Anonymous, AntiSec, reading: "Finally, we encourage all future #AntiSecenthusiasts to join the AnonOps IRC [...] and follow @AnonymousIRC for glory!"
In LulzSec's final Pastebin document, the group said it truly believed in AntiSec. "We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz," the document read. "We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us."
Only one person has been charged with an attack associated with LulzSec's 50-day hacking campaign, which took in hacks on the CIA, NHS, US Senate and several games companies. Essex teenager Ryan Cleary is in custody this weekend on a series of charges including one relating to the first AntiSec DDoS attack, on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). However, Cleary's other charges relate to Anonymous attacks, so it is unclear whether he is alleged to have been part of LulzSec as well.
The rival hacker group TeaMp0isoN, which on Friday claimed to have posted Tony Blair's address book and other details online, has previously threatened to expose LulzSec's membership. TeaMp0isoN members taunted Lulzsec on Twitter for "backing down".