Robin Hood Hacker
Posted on Feb 26, 2010
A hacker using the alias “Neo” has attained almost cult status in Latvia after releasing through Twitter the confidential financial data of allegedly corrupt banks and state-owned companies that profited from the global recession.
The information shows that many state-owned companies awarded bonuses to its management while requesting government funds and that managers of a bailed-out Latvian bank did not take salary cuts as they had promised. —JCL
An alleged hacker has been hailed as a latter-day Robin Hood for leaking data about the finances of banks and state-owned firms to Latvian TV.
Using the alias “Neo” - a reference to The Matrix films - the hacker claims he wants to expose those cashing in on the recession in Latvia.
He is slowly passing details of leading Latvian firms via Twitter to the TV station and has its audiences hooked.
The Latvian government and police are investigating the security breach.
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A still from the movie “Hackers,” which unrealistically shows hacking as traveling through a virtual world.