The hackers claim to have used stolen credit card numbers to make $1
million donation to charities. They also claim to have downloaded 200G
Of course, once the credit card company realizes those are all fraudulent charges, they're going to reverse them all and then the charities are going to be out the money (they'll never see a penny of it)..
On top of that, the charities will be hit with additional fees by the credit card company for excessive fruadulant / reverse charges....
- Fraud: Consumer claims they did not authorize the purchase, or identity theft.
One of the most common reasons for a chargeback is known as a fraudulent transaction.
A credit card is used without the consent or proper authorization of
the card holder. In some cases, a merchant is responsible for charges
fraudulently imposed on a customer.
encourage compliance, acquirers may, at their discretion, charge
merchants a penalty per chargeback received.
In addition, Visa and MasterCard
may levy severe fines against acquiring banks that retain merchants
with high chargeback frequency. Acquirers typically pass such fines
directly to the merchant. Merchants whose ratios stray too far out of
compliance may trigger card association fines of $100 or more per chargeback.
So there's a good probability that Anonymous will cost the charities a lot of money in merchant chargeback fees, despite Anonymous claiming to have given them $1 million in stolen credit card money.