LulzSec hacker: We're just bored
A soon-to-disappear hacker group that sabotaged websites over the past two months denied it was disbanding because of pressure from the FBI or rival cyber saboteurs.
"We're not quitting because we're afraid of law enforcement," the LulzSec member said. "The press are getting bored of us, and we're getting bored of us."
The group's hacking has included attacks on law enforcement and releases of private data. It said unexpectedly on Saturday it was dissolving itself.
LulzSec claimed hacks on Sony and other major entertainment companies, FBI partner organisations, the CIA, the US Senate and a pornography website.
On Sunday the hacker acknowledged that some of the material being circulated by rivals online - which purports to reveal the hackers' online nicknames, past histories, and chat logs - was genuine, something he said had proved to be "a distraction".
He added that three or four of Lulz Security's members were taking what he called "a breather" and said he was considering giving up cyber attacks altogether.
"Maybe I'll stop this hacking thing entirely. I haven't decided," he said. He said he could not speak for the others' long-term plans, but said it was possible some of the members would continue to be involved with Anonymous, the much larger and more amorphous hacking group which has targeted the Church of Scientology, Middle Eastern dictatorships, and the music industry, among others.
He said the six-member group was still sitting on a considerable amount of stolen law enforcement files.
"It's safe to say at this point that they are sitting on a lot of data," he said.
Although the hacker declined to identify himself publicly, he has verified his membership with Lulz Security by posting a pre-arranged message to the group's popular Twitter feed. Lulz Security made its announcement about disbanding through its Twitter account. That statement gave no reason for the decision to disband.