Lulz Security, the merry band of hackers that has been entertaining us over the past few weeks with its online antics has announced it is to cease ts activities.
In what it says is its 'final release (opens in new tab)', the outfit - which it confirms consists of a gang of six - said its days as the scourge of the Internet are over.
"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. All to selflessly entertain others - vanity, fame, recognition, all of these things are shadowed by our desire for that which we all love. The raw, uninterrupted, chaotic thrill of entertainment and anarchy. It's what we all crave, even the seemingly lifeless politicians and emotionless, middle-aged self-titled failures. You are not failures. You have not blown away. You can get what you want and you are worth having it, believe in yourself," the statement reads.
"While we are responsible for everything that The Lulz Boat is, we are not tied to this identity permanently. Behind this jolly visage of rainbows and top hats, we are people. People with a preference for music, a preference for food; we have varying taste in clothes and television, we are just like you. Even Hitler and Osama Bin Laden had these unique variations and style, and isn't that interesting to know? The mediocre painter turned supervillain liked cats more than we did," they add rather bizarrely.
"We truly believe in the AntiSec movement," they write. "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."
As the outfit's final act, its members dumped their latest payload of data on to their favourite torrent sites. "Oh, oh, finally! Media," they twitted (opens in new tab), "please be sure to report on the actual files we leaked, not just our silly press statement."
We'll have to plough our way through it all first, chaps. Bon voyage and thanks for the Lulz!