No these thieves are not modern-day Robin Hoods, but they're really just cyber-robbers. They are using this method to see if credit card is valid or not:
The verification method has become popular because the monitoring software at credit-card companies may not question donations to charities, according the Symantec blog. Santoyo said the schemers usually donate less than $10.
American Red Cross spokeswoman Carrie Martin said, "This happens all the time. We have people at the Red Cross who deal with this type of activity."
Last month alone, the Red Cross refunded 700 fraudulent credit-card transactions, Martin said. That figure doesn't include the transactions the charity blocked because they appeared fraudulent.
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Very few people are aware about history’s first programmer.
Ada Lovelace is popularly credited as history's first programmer. She was the first to express an algorithm intended for implementation on a computer, Charles Babbage's analytical engine, in October 1842. She really did write a program, one for calculating Bernoulli numbers. Ada, a computer programming language, is named for her.
According to wikipedia :
She is mainly known for having written a description of Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine.
Ada was the only legitimate child of the poets Lord Byron and his wife, Anne Isabella Milbanke. She was named after Byron's half-sister, Augusta Leigh, whose child he was rumored to have fathered. It was Augusta who encouraged Byron to marry to avoid scandal, and he reluctantly chose Annabella. On January 16, 1816, Annabella left Byron, taking 1-month old Ada with her. On April 21, Byron signed the Deed of Separation and left England for good a few days later. He was never allowed to see either again. Ada was born on December 10th, 1815.
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