LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750,000 user accounts

LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750,000 user accounts

Summary: LulzSec -- which has hacked dozens of sites, including the CIA and PBS -- told Twitter that they are done; not before releasing one last cache.


Update: Title corrected. Thousand, not million. Too many zeros.

After fifty days of releasing vast caches of confidential data, from police units through to government departments, LulzSec announced on its Twitter feed this evening that it is to disband.

But it seems that LulzSec wasn't in it for the 'lulz' after all.

The problem for groups shrouding themselves in anonymity is that they can never truly gauge the public or press response to their actions.

Just as it was with Wikileaks and Anonymous, and the impact that 4chan and its crucial elements of anonymity have had on memes and popular culture, these viral constructs are unpredictable, difficult to manage and ultimately, all but impossible to maintain.

What is clear, however, that the supposed six that are mentioned in their press release as being the ones behind the subversive group have called it a day.

In a statement via its official Twitter feed this evening:

"Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz. We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us.

The support we've gathered for it in such a short space of time is truly overwhelming, and not to mention humbling. Please don't stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve."

After delving into the latest release, around three quarters of a million usernames and passwords across a number of different sites have been hacked, collected and now disseminated to thousands of other users. These login accounts include details of the Battlefield Heroes game, as well as for the website

More usernames and passwords relate to the NATO Bookshop, for which the URL of the page now simply redirects to the NATO homepage. It is unclear whether these accounts relate to NATO operations or internal network access.

A screenshot appears to show evidence that a Navy website was hacked into and text replaced with LulzSec slogans. The user appears to be using Ubuntu Linux. Whether this makes a difference or not is unclear at this stage.

Also in this vast cache of data appear to be internal AT&T files, relating to its 4G LTE roll-out, as well as details of just over 90,000 IBM personal phones.

It does not appear any customer data from AT&T has been compromised.

Looking further into the cache, there are IP addresses for organisations such as Disney, EMI and Universal.

No doubt, many may feel cheated in this release. Without the shock and awe of previous torrented caches of hacked data, this release also includes a vast list of IP addresses with simple credentials of "root" and "password". It also includes AOL related data, which will mean little to so many.

There are, however, a few theories as to why they disbanded today.

Fifty days is a set milestone and they knew it from the start. Today is the birthday of George Orwell, who died in 1950, which may or may not be coincidental. However, considering the person running the Twitter feed, known as Topiary, is British and lives within the United Kingdom -- based not only on the writing style and the references to time zones -- it's unlikely that this is the case. It's now the 26th and the releases came at midnight.

Their identities have been compromised after a series of embarrassing confrontations between white hat versus black hat hackers. The spat has continued between the Jester and LulzSec after the Jester took down their website, along with other Pastebin posts which purport the names of key members of the hacktivist network. Plus, one alleged member of LulzSec, Ryan Cleary, is still in custody in England after his part in the hack on SOCA which means governments are hot on their tails.

They got bored and along with disorganisation, lacking expectations in media coverage, or a slow-down in Twitter followers as a way of gauging reaction that may have put them off their activities. It's possible that this is the case, but something just seems amiss about their recent activities. The Arizona police department leaks alone were far more damaging -- seemingly at least -- than the final cache released this evening.

The motions have already been put in place and it is for us, the general population, to take the reigns of #AntiSec into our own hands and revolt against our governments. Considering so many of us voted in our respective governments, it's unlikely that will happen.

What is interesting, however, is whether this will result in a domino effect in other parts of the world.

With revolutions fully in swing across North Africa and the Middle East, if LulzSec is trying to replicate the anti-government feeling across other parts of the world, this will most likely not succeed.

Unlike with Wikileaks, the diplomatic cables releases 'legitimised' the protests and ultimately the revolutions that occurred, by implicating nation states of wrongdoing by other, more democratic nations.

Whether the world can now breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that the group have disbanded -- at least publicly, it seems -- there is no doubt a group willing to perform very much the same functions, under a different name and a unique ideology.

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  • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

    The only thing which will keep this kind of thing from going mass market (so to speak) will be the high bar of intelligence that is needed to perform these kinds of attacks. Until everyone in the USA knows how to code extremely well as a matter of course, this kind of revolution will not be a movement of the people, by the people, and for the people. However, a day may come in the next century when this may happen. However, intelligent machines that surpass human intelligence in every way and can program themselves and evolve may have come into existence by then, in which case the vast majority of people may never learn to code. Why learn to code when machines can do it for you?
  • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

    "Considering so many of us voted in our respective governments, it?s unlikely that will happen."

    Your premise is false.

    Consider the USA, which only has two parties to vote for who have any chance of winning, both of them indebted to multinational corporations. Except for minor differences on social issues that they shout loudly about, they are essentially the same party. The 2008 US election had a "high" voter turnout of 57% of voting-age people, and House Democrats got 53% of those. So, only about 30% of voting-age people showed up and voted for them. The other 70% either rejected them, or at least didn't specifically want them. Yet they ran Congress for two years (and now it's a similar situation for the Republicans who are no better).

    In Canada, 60% of the votes actually cast this year were AGAINST the winning party, who increased their representation to a majority of seats in spite of this. So we don't even need to consider non-voters to see that people clearly aren't getting what they voted for together.

    Unlike voting, I imagine AntiSec activity has no age limitation, nor registration requirement, so it's likely open to more than just dissatisfied voters.

    I'm not recommending AntiSec. Rather, I think Canada and the US need to move to a more democratic system of elections, so we can correctly assume that an elected government reasonably represents the people's wishes at the time of their election.
    • What stops them?

      It seems to me that the author's premise is more reasonable than yours. Yes, many people did not vote. But saying that this means that the elected government was not really voted in assumes that the people who did not vote are strongly opposed to the way things turned out. You have no evidence for that. Nothing stops those people from voting if they are really unhappy, so I think Zack has the better part of the argument: that the non-voters are better assumed to be quietly in agreement with what's going on.
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

        @Robert Hahn <br><br>rgcustomer is not completely wrong. There have been elections in the past where a party is elected into government despite another party winning the popular vote (by having the majority of votes).
      • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

        @intman It an electoral collage that was designed to be representative of the population distribution at a point in time. The problem is the distributions have changed but the college has not.
    • You get much less with more

      How many parties do you suggest there should be? If the US had 10 parties running for office, as opposed to the 3 (Republicans, Democrats, Independent) then the winning party would only represent a minority of people in country.

      This is why many countries have a 2 or 3 party system, so that the winning party represents a larger majority of the country.
      Tim Cook
      • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

        @Mister Spock <br><br>In a two-party system, the majority of people don't have a party that represents them. In a system with 10 parties plus proportional representation, it's a lot likelier that you as a voter will be able to vote for a party to represent you. The resultant government will be made up of a coalition, which will have to pursue policies through consensus. <br><br>In a first past the post system, like the one used in the US, UK and Canada, we can have a government which the majority of people didn't vote for (which is what happened in the recent Canadian elections).<br><br>We live in democracies and these people actions are wrong and illegal. However, it would be mistaken to assume that our governments have unquestionable legitimacy - the democratic system used to elect them has flaws.
      • The system has flaws

        Everything created by humans has flaws. Your standards are too high to be taken seriously.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

        @intman<br><br>I'm not sure what country you live it, but in the USA we do not live in a democracy - all sarcasm and joking aside, this is not a democracy.<br><br>The founders feared, loathed even the notion of a democracy.<br><br>And while the American system of self rule is deeply flawed, it is the best system ever implemented in all of history. This experiment in freedom that is the United States despite the headlines is the beacon that others look towards.<br><br>I agree that there is a real problem with the influence of corporations but there is also a terrible problem with influence by groups. Oh groups such as those that PUSH their agenda onto everyone else such as the GAY and LESBIAN militants. The atheists that PUSH to have "In God We Trust" removed from our currency as if it harmed them. There is a nearly endless list of non-corporate lobbyists out there that are just as powerful on the social side of the political spectrum.<br><br>So you find that it is easy to bury the real issues, the real story, by blaming, yelling at, calling names, and brow beating your opposition. The LIBERALS today in all the world use tactics from Communist intellectuals such as Lennon, Alinsky, Marx, and many others.<br><br>So bringing it full circle, these anarchist punk losers who have only the talent to create trouble and expose people's sensitive information are supposed against corporations. Oh, okay, really? <br><br>These evil corporations built the very technologies that they use to fight what they believe is evil. If they were true to their alleged beliefs they would not hide, they would not use fake names, they would not be afraid to openly speak and publicly demonstrate these terrible and serious problems that they have uncovered.<br><br>No, they would be more like that noble Julian Assange, now there is a hero to pattern one's self after - excluding the rape of course. (or maybe not depending on who you are).<br><br>There can be no point in defending these hateful, harmful, negative, ugly, sociopaths. <br><br><strong>I say bring back shame and public humiliation as a form of punishment in addition to hard prison time including chain gangs.</strong> It is my contention that we'd have a lot less of this sort of evil.
      • 2 party

        @Mister Spock The banksters that take over nations, starting with London in the 18th century and now trying to drive the final stake in the heart of the US, always insist upon 3 things.

        1. A moral slide into debauchery distracts the masses and occupies them, to the degree they become totally apathetic toward anything the elites are doing. This includes gambling, which in the early takeovers was instrumental in trapping 'leaders' in an intractable debt. They willingly trade favors for any offer to "forgive" any debt. (or portion thereof, "name your price")

        2. Control of the issuance of "currency," ownership of the mechanisms that create and control the same, and

        3. a 2 party system.

        True. We have a 2 party system because the international banksters that own the US gov. want it that way.

        But then if voting changed anything it would be illegal. The 2 party system gives you the illusion of control, but in reality all candidates are completely vetted long before the media is allowed to begin advertising/promoting them.
    • Nonsense

      @rgcustomer@... This is the kind of drivel the anti-government protesters bring out as some kind of proof that governments are invalid. It's majority rules. Of that 60% you talk of, if 41% of those people could actually agree on a government, they would be in power. Just because you choose to throw your vote behind someone that 90% of us don't agree with, don't whine about it after the fact and use false statistics to give yourself legitimacy. If you choose to break the law, 90% of us will send you to jail.
  • The group may be disbanded, however . . .

    The group may be disbanded - however, considering the individuals don't have any moral sense, I'd still deem them a danger.
  • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

    LulzSec called it quits because the Trevor Rieger from did some trolling...
    • Topiary seems to come from UK, not Sweden, though -- not sure if all of ...

      @LulzBoat: ... this information accurate.
  • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

    LulzSec as we know it may have been disbanded, but the people behind the organization hasn't going anywhere, they will just regroup with another facade and another name and start all over again.

    I have to admit that i wasn't expecting the disbanding so quickly but they were exposed.
    • They just go back to be Anonymous

  • Unbelievable.

    And we can put 100% faith in these guys... why?
    They tweet that they are disbanding and we're supposed to take their anonymous word for it? Puh-leeze.
  • RE: LulzSec disbands: Final cache includes AT&T internal data and 750 million user accounts

    These idiots are nothing more than criminal twats. They do not have a noble agenda. They all should be thrown in jail until they rot. They will get caught, and when they do I hope they cut off all of their arms up to their elbows so they can no longer hack or masturbate.