Hacking groups Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN have joined forces to launch Operation Robin Hood, a new campaign which could see the groups hacking credit card details from major banks and distributing the resulting funds to the 'disenfranchised' 99 per cent of citizens and charities around the globe.
In a lengthy statement, the groups explained that the operation has sprouted from the OpCensorThis and Operation Cash Back movements, which have already led to customers punishing financial institutions by removing over 500,000 accounts from banks and putting them into credit unions.
"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," the statement continued.
"Operation Robin Hood will take credit cards and donate to the 99 per cent as well as various charities around the globe. The banks will be forced to reimburse the people their money back."
The groups claimed that they have already breached the IT systems of Chase, Bank of America and CitiBank to steal credit card details and "donated thousands to many protests around the world" including charities.
They urged banking customers to move their accounts to secure credit unions so that they are not caught in the crossfire.
"Join us in Operation Robin Hood. Take from the banks and give to the poor. Our actions will be swift," they added.
"It's time for the people to rise up and the banks to remember who they work for. It's time we fight back. It's time YOU take back your freedom. We are done asking politely."
TeaMp0isoN, which some have said is an off-shoot of Anonymous, was in action already this week after posting the details of over 1,000 UN employees in retaliation against what it sees as a corrupt organisation.
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