AUSTIN, Texas (12/2/11)--An eight-minute YouTube video deemed a manifesto by two groups of hackers claiming to "take back our money" by stealing credit card numbers from major banks for donations to charities, protest groups and people "cheated" by the financial system also urges people to move their money to safe and secure credit unions.
The video--a manifesto of Anonymous and TeaMp0isoN (Team Poison), two groups of hackers that have claimed responsibility for high profile cyberattacks--opens with scenes from a 1991 Kevin Costner movie, "Robin Hood: Princes of Thieves," in which Robin Hood vows to take from the rich and give to the poor. It then switches to a digitized voice that reads the manifesto set to ominous operatic music.
The voice says, "When the poor steal, it's considered violence. But when the banks steal from us, it is called 'business.'" The video claims the groups have breached Chase, Bank of America and Citibank, taken card numbers and donated thousands of dollars to protests, the homeless and charities. It adds banks will be forced to reimburse consumers whose cards were used.
The video notes that people are taking their money out of big banks and "put them into credit unions." At the end of the video, the groups threaten to "take back our money" from the banks and urges viewers to "move their accounts to secure credit unions--before it's too late."
According to CreditCards.com, the groups claim to have conducted cyberattacks on financial and political targets. Team Poison claims a cyberattack against the United Nations, while Anonymous clams credit for attacks on police departments that cracked down on Occupy protestors and financial companies such as PayPal and MasterCard after they stopped funding WikiLeaks.
Hackers typically don't target consumers' personal information. In the past, they have been responsible for malicious denial-of-service attacks that overwhelm a website so it cannot work. Use the link to see the video.