Online 'hactivist' collective Anonymous and hackers Team Poison have joined forces for a new group effort known as 'Operation Robin Hood', that plans to target banks in an effort to give money back to "the people".
Anonymous members are perhaps best known for their Guy Fawkes masks and combination of real-world and online protests, having been being spawned from the nefarious image board 4chan. Team Poison is perhaps less well known - though they did garner a fair amount of attention when they threatened to reveal the identities of Lulzsec members earlier this year.
The reason for the new operation is simple, say the groups. During the Occupy Wall Street protests, many of those taking part took it upon themselves to withdraw their money from banks to help voice their concerns. However, many were refused, something p0isaNoN means to rectify.
"We have watched our brothers and sisters being refused their hard-earned money by the banks on top of being beaten and brutalised by officers during peaceful demonstrations. Congratulations banks, you have gotten our attention," reads the Anonymous and Team Poison statement.
The planned method for giving money back to the 99 per cent is for the hacktivist group to steal credit card information and use that to make donations to organisations and charities. Due to the way credit card protection legislation currently operates, banks would be required to refund those who had been were hacked, meaning that the banks themselves would lose money.
Claiming that they have already begun, the statement reads that p0isaNoN "have 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 per cent) who deserve it."
The release and subsequent video also involves some finger-pointing at the US Congress, which p0isaNoN claims is funded and paid off by banks and corporations. The message ends with a variation on Anonymous's now-familiar manta:
We can't help but feel that Anonymous and similar groups that want the backing of "the people" and the "99 per cent", would do far better if they changed their tack some what.
The overly dramatic endings to every statement, talk of the "Hydra of the internet that has grown fangs of poison", and the fact that the statements evidently could do with a proof read before publishing, just seems to trivialise the very important points they're trying to put across.
And while we're at it, the biggest contributor to the undermining of Anonymous's message has to be the video editing. Pop culture references and inspiration from movies is fine in small doses, but this latest one not only uses several minutes' worth of footage from the campy Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, but a scene from the totally overplayed V for Vendetta.
The music is overly dramatic, the text slamming on the screen feels more like a blockbuster movie than what it's trying to be. This feels like more of an Anonymous parody than a real call to arms.