The hacker groups Anonymous and Team Poison have announced an Occupy movement-inspired campaign to hack the credit card details from banks, steal money and redistribute it to the needy.
Operation Robin Hood, announced on Tuesday on an Anonymous Tumblr page, is a follow-on to Operation Cash Back, a hack-free call from Anonymous for people to move their money from banks to credit unions. According to the two groups, Operation Robin Hood provides a pressing reason to do so.
"Operation Robin Hood urges YOU, to now move your accounts into secure credit unions, before it's too late while we hit them [the banks] from the inside," the combined 'PoisAnon' group said.
Both Anonymous and Team Poison have form in hacking websites and extracting data. Also on Tuesday, Team Poison published more than a hundred usernames, email addresses and passwords that it said were for United Nations employees.
PoisAnon said it had already "taken Chase, Bank of America, and CitiBank credit cards with big breaches across the map".
"We have returned it to the poor (the TRUE 99 percent) who deserve it," the group said. A separate statement, hosted on PasteBin, claimed that PoisAnon had already successfully hacked into the systems of the First National Bank Of Long Island, although it says that alleged hack was a demonstration only and no details were stolen.
It is not clear whether PoisAnon intends to only target the credit cards of the so-called one percent, but either way the victims would supposedly not lose out. As the statement suggests, "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," the group said. "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 theirs customers and helping others."