Hackers: Thanks for the Lulz, We’re Calling It Quits

Rogue group calls off the attacks, claims that members were getting bored with their mischief

Last Updated: November 6, 2013 @ 4:00 PM

Rest easier, IT folk: LulzSec, the rogue hacker group that has terrorized Sony and a raft of other organizations around the globe the past two months, has disbanded.

For now, at least.

The decision comes less than a week after British police arrested a 19-year-old whom they suspect of hacking Sony as part of the group’s attack. LulzSec has claimed that Scotland Yard got the wrong guy.

At least one member is claiming that they are calling off their reign of terror because they are bored. Not because they fear capture, mind you, although that would surely grow more likely the longer they continued their attacks.

“The press are getting bored of us, and we’re getting bored of us,” the member told the AP

The group hacked a number of Sony divisions, including  Sony PlayStation Network and Sony Pictures. After the Sony Pictures breach earlier this month, the entertainment giant contacted the FBI.

The security breaches serve as a chilling reminder of the risks as entertainment companies attempt to move more of their business online and to the cloud. Consumers might be less receptive to storing media or conducting transactions online if they fear for the security of their private information.

Late last week, LulzSec got a taste of its own medicine when British newspaper the Guardian obtained a number of leaked logs from a private chatroom operated by the group. The transcripts reveal a small organization that, while loose-knit and seemingly in it for the laughs, is prone to paranoia and emotional outbursts toward disobedient members.

The hacker confirmed to the AP that some of the private material being circulated genuine, and that has been “a distraction.”