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Anonymous' Robin Hood credit card fraud campaign could hurt more than just banks

Lucian Constantin | Dec. 1, 2011
Hacktivist groups Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN have joined together in a new campaign that involves compromising credit card details and using them to donate money to charities, homeless people and anti-government protesters around the world.

PayPal offers a donation service for nonprofits, but its user agreement states that sellers don't benefit from protection if the sold item is not a physical, tangible good that can be shipped. Since a donation doesn't meet this criteria, a successful chargeback for a fraudulent transaction could end up costing a nonprofit a fee of US$20 in addition to the donated amount.

Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN are defiant when it comes to possible law enforcement actions against them resulting from this campaign. "We are not afraid of the Police, Secret Service, or the FBI," they said.

The groups also pointed out that "Operation Robin Hood" is an extension of the older "Operation Cash Back," which encouraged people to empty their bank accounts and put their money into credit unions.

 

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