A New Empire Arises
Towards the end of Lulzec's hacking reign it announced it was teaming up with Anonymous to launch Operation Anti-Security, or Antisec for short, which was targeted at governments and banks. It launched the day before Cleary's arrest, and days before Lulzsec announced its end of days.
Antisec is more in line with the ideals of Anonymous, taking down the establishment and fighting for freedom of speech on the internet. The entire approach clashed considerably with the "for the lulz" attitude of Lulzsec, particularly in the latter part of its existence.
Anonymous had faded into the background while Lulzsec danced in the limelight, but it regained attention around the world when it offered up a number of payloads from its latest operation. These included data from the government servers of Anguilla, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Australia and additional data from the Universal Music Group.
While we can definitely expect to see further cyber attacks from Anonymous and supporters of the Antisec movement, this might be the end of seemingly random attacks on gaming companies and other innocent bystanders in the battle of the internet. Gamers can breathe a sigh of relief for now, but the question remains - will it last?
When an empire falls a new one forms to take its place. While Anonymous looks like that new empire for now, it technically existed long before Lulzsec and operates in a much more defined area. A true replacement for Lulzsec would be as chaotic as The Joker in The Dark Knight, and we cannot help but think there are plenty of unscrupulous hackers out there who would gladly fill the void.
There's also the fact that apparently there are six members in Lulzsec. When groups disband there's often a small sub-set who didn't want to part ways and end up reforming the group under a new name. While this might not happen for Lulzsec, it's a very real possibility. Other people could also try to claim the name, prompting the real Lulzsec to come out in the open again to denounce the fakes, as it was forced to do with a fake announcement that the UK Census 2011 information would be leaked.
Lulzsec Brazil, which took down two government web sites, appears to be still in operation, though it does not seem to have the same chaotic motives as the primary Lulzsec group. These will likely continue on with Anonymous in Operation Anti-Security until, perhaps, further arrests put an end to that too. µ