Rather than the police, real pressure on LulzSec appeared to come more from betrayals and revelations of rival hackers such as TeamPoison, WebNinjas and TheJester, who objected to what they called LulzSec's arrogance and pretension.
Opponents among the hacker community – who revealed the handles, real names and other details of some LulzSec members and exposed some of the group's chat logs – called LulzSec'ers"DDOSers" and script kiddies out for glory, not legitimate members of a hacker underground with skills that go beyond using hacking tools written by others.
Lulz members apparently intend to go back to their previous roles as independents and as members of the larger group Anonymous, whose reputation for comparative maturity, political credibility and restraint grew as the antics of LulzSec grew more extreme.
LulzSec Tweets tell fans to watch the AnonOpsIRC Twitter feed "for glory" and to join the fun themselves at AnonOpsIRC, to which it provided a link that defaulted to the username LulzLizard (a favorite Lulz term for thrill-hackers) and the password #antisec – a reference to its final operation.
Adding insult to injury, last night TheJester (a href="http://twitter.com/#!/th3j35t3r" target="_blank">th3j35t3r , crowed that torrent haven ThePirateBay took down the LulzSec farewell note and torrent of its latest revelation of documents.
"#ThePiratebay deletes 50 Days Of Lulz tinyurl.com/6zdxwk8 #antisec - lol final death throws - that's how much lulz love you. #toldya" --th3j35t3r ǝuoןɐ sʞɹoʍ
LulzSec and Jester actually have history, at least to hear Jester's version, in which Anon members who later became Lulz tried (badly) to expose Jester's identity
Although its Tweets about the decision asked that those writing about LulzSec's retirement analyze the documents it released rather than the "silly" announcement of its departure, the release does show a conflict that must have been difficult to resolve, even within the group.