A group of computer hackers in Latvia has downloaded millions of confidential tax documents from government computers and is posting the details online to expose waste and corruption among the countrys leaders.
The group, which calls itself the Peoples Army of the Fourth Awakening, told local TV that it accessed the documents from the Latvian revenue services computers over the course of several months, according to the Associated Press. One of the hackers, who calls himself Neo after the main character in the Matrix movies, posted the salaries of members of the Latvian police force and challenged members of the police union to analyze the numbers.
He also posted the salary and bonus of the CEO of a heating company. Some of the leaks have been sent to Latvia TV by way of Twitter, according to BBC News. Neo is seen as a kind of Robin Hood figure, according to one of the presenters on Latvian TV.
Latvias economy is the weakest in the European Union, with 23 percent unemployment and economic output has dropped by almost a quarter. The country, a former Soviet republic, has reduced the salaries of many government workers by up to 50 percent in the past year as a result of the economic crisis. The hacker group wants to expose the inequities in salary among some of the leaders in the Baltic country.
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