Latvian hacker “Neo” found

Nathan Greenhalgh reports:

A researcher at the University of Latvia’s Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science has confessed to being the hacker “Neo” who illegally accessed and enabled the publication of the tax records of Latvia’s political and business elite.

Ilmārs Poikāns, 31 of Riga, was arrested Tuesday night by police after police confiscated two computers allegedly containing information about Neo from the institute and Latvijas Televīzija journalist Ilze Nagla.


An official from the State Revenue Service told parliament that 120 people illegally downloaded documents from the service’s electronic declaration system and that the “hole” existed from the end of 2007 until Feb. 4, 2010, when it was first discovered and promptly closed.

An estimated 7.4 million documents, equaling 120 gigabytes of data, were downloaded from the site, including income statements and tax declarations of public officials, bureaucrats, and business.

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