Hacktivists Unite for Operation Robin Hood
Anonymous, the world's most famous (or infamous) hacktivist group, has teamed up with TeaMp0isoN for OpRobinHood, which aims to steal from the rich (banks) and give to the poor (charity groups).
The hacktivists are using stolen credit card information to take money form banks and donate to charities and the poor in response to recent crackdowns against Occupy protests. A statement released had this to say:
In regards to the recent demonstrations and protests across the globe, we are going to turn the tables on the banks. Operation Robin Hood is going to return the money to those who have been cheated by our system and most importantly to those hurt by our banks. Operation Robin Hood will take credit cards and donate to the 99% as well as various charities around the globe. The banks will be forced to reimburse the people there [sic] money back.
We are not afraid of the Police, Secret Service, or the FBI. We are going to show you banks are not safe and take our money back. We are going to hit the true evil while not harming their customers and helping others. We are not only starving the banks but are ready to start the attack. We have come to take the 99%'s money back. We are not asking permission.
Fraudulent charges, however, are often given back to the issuer with a fee levied at the recipient, so in this case, the charitable organizations may actually lose money. That said, another stated goal by Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN is for people to remove their accounts from banks and join credit unions
While Anonymous has become pretty well-known, TeaMp0isoN is a smaller name in the hacktivist world, though they are considered more militant than Anonymous.