Lulz Security – a group of hackers claiming responsibility for hacking Sony and Nintendo and taking down the websites of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the US Senate – has announced it is to disband.
"Our planned 50 day cruise has expired," said the hacking group.
"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," Lulz Security (LulzSec) said.
"The raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy," was the reason LulzSec gave for attacking various sites in recent months.
Before disbanding, LulzSec released a final batch of documents from AOL and the US phone company AT&T.
The news of LulzSec disbanding follows the recent arrest of Ryan Cleary, from Wickford, in Essex. Ryan Cleary was arrested as part of a Scotland Yard and FBI investigation into LulzSec. Cleary was charged with hacking the website of the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency.
In its statement the "hacktivist" group said it believed in the AntiSec movement and urged others to continue without it.
"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," LulzSec said.