Lulz Security, a prolific hacker group, claimed it has ceased cyber-attack into the websites of governments and corporations.
"It's time to say bon voyage," the hacker group said in a post on the web.
"Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind - we hope - inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love," it wrote.
This announcement came three days after the hacker group released its stolen files from the Arizona Department of Public Safety computer network.
Lulz Security spent the last several weeks attacking websites and computer networks of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Senate, the UK Serious Organized Crime Agency, the Brazilian government and the energy giant Petrobras.
Some security researchers view Lulz Security's message as a ploy to confuse law enforcement, while others say it stops just because police start getting closer.
"If they believe they are in imminent danger of being arrested, my guess is they are going to go to ground," said Alan Paller, director of research for the SANS Institute, a cyber security research and education organization in Washington. (Agencies)