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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Mon Mar 08 2010 - 23:46:58 CST
The Irish Times - Monday, March 8, 2010
Mystery hacker a folk hero for struggling population of Latvia
LATVIA LETTER: The person known as Neo has been embarrassing the .fat
cats. in a country with the EU.s highest rate of unemployment, writes
IN THEIR hour of need the people of Latvia, the European country hardest
hit by the economic crisis, have found an unlikely new hero.
Neo is the nickname of a computer hacker who has stolen millions of
supposedly confidential documents from the Latvian tax authorities, and
exposed just how much cream the nation.s .fat cats. have been guzzling
while urging ordinary citizens to swallow crippling cutbacks.
His victims include the head of a state heating company, who was shown to
have paid himself a 16,000 lat (.22,500) bonus in 2009, and top central
bank executives who received salaries of 6,000-23,000 lats (.8,495 to
.32,566) per month in 2008.
They trimmed their wages last year after the previously booming Latvian
economy went into tailspin, but their earnings still caused outrage in a
country where the average monthly salary is the equivalent of about .600,
and people live with the constant fear of redundancy.
After publishing the salaries of police chiefs, Neo urged the police union
via his Twitter account .to analyse the data and determine whether the
salary reform is fair and to continue the fight against crime.. And to
accompany his exposure of central bank pay, he wrote: .Rise up and take
the power back, it.s time that the fat cats had a heart attack, you know
that their time is coming to an end..
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