One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine - Sir William Osler
THE NINJA PIRATE HACKER GROUP that called itself Lulzsec has called it a day and finished its brief campaign of chaos with its biggest leak yet.
The group has been responsible for a wide range of attacks in the last two months and despite having been active for only 50 days had risen to the top of IT media stories and security experts' consciousness.
The digital mayhem has come to an end now though, and in a statement Lulzsec signed off with a request for others to pick up where they left off and carry on wreaking havoc on security systems. Lulzsec also released its biggest treasure chest of pirate booty yet, a massive haul of personal details on 750k people.
"We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us," it said in its sign-off statement.
"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 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."
According to the group it only planned to be around for the fifty days, so it is apparently with no regrets that it sails off. And as it sails off it has dumped a massive trove of user information - its biggest yet.
The group released the personal details of 750,000 people by dumping the data in a document available through The Pirate Bay.
The information includes documents from a range of sources, including Battlefield Heroes Beta, a file called "FBI being silly", Hackforums.net data, twelve thousand users from Nato-bookshop.org, some private investigator emails, random gaming forums, and AOL and AT&T internal data.
In its sign-off the group said that it hoped that its actions had touched people and that it had an impact.
"It's time to say bon voyage," it said. "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. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere."
We can't help but assume that, with almost one million internet users touched, it has had more than a "microscopic impact". µ
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