LulzSec Disbanded 'Because It Was Classy'

It was all about going out on top, says a founding member

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LulzSec, the infamous hacker group that existed for 50 days and then disbanded on June 25, ultimately called it quits because it was the "classy" thing to do, one of its founding members tells The Guardian. It's sort of a funny way to describe the dissolution of a group that defaced the websites of the CIA, FBI, the U.S. Senate and terrorized organizations such as the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency and Sony. But hey, no one said highly skilled hackers were the most ordinary of interviewees.

"I know people won't believe this, but we genuinely ended it [LulzSec] because it was classy," said the member, who goes by the name Topiary. "The leaks we promised happened . . . 50 days were reached, we just about hit 275,000 Twitter followers, things were on a high, so we redirected our fans to [hacker collective] Anonymous and [hacking movement] AntiSec and wrapped it up neatly . . . A high note, a classy ending, a big bang, then a sail into the distance."

Topiary tells The Guardian that the group's main purpose was to provide "high-quality entertainment at your expense" and after 50 days of hacks, such as the infiltration of PBS's website and the posting of a fake story, they had accomplished their mission. "What we did was different from other hacking groups," Topiary says. "We had an active Twitter (controlled by me), cute cats in deface messages, and a generally playful, cartoon-like aura to our operations. We knew when to start, we knew when to stop, and most of all we knew how to have fun."

Read the entirety of the interview at The Guardian.

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