Ilmārs Poikāns

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Ilmārs Poikāns (born November 4, 1978) is a Latvian AI researcher at the Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Latvia. He has used the pseudonym Neo (of The Matrix), and is also known in the press as Latvia's "Robin Hood".[1]

Allegations of illegal access to tax records[edit]

Ilmārs was arrested and later released; prosecutors released a statement saying "Taking into consideration his attitude, his confession of the crime, and his cooperation in the investigation, we did not seek his pre-trial detention." Some allege that the arrest came as a result of a search of TV journalist Ilze Nagla's house on Tuesday May 11, 2010.[2]

After his arrest there were reports of a flash mob outside the government's cabinet office.[3]

Ilmārs is alleged to have illegally accessed 7.5 million tax records and divulged pay rises for some high-ranking public sector employees, while rank-and-file employees were forced to take pay cuts as high as 30%.


  1. ^ "Latvian police release 'Robin Hood' hacker amid protests". AFP. May 13, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Police raid journalist's house, take computer". Baltic Reports. May 12, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Latvia's 'Robin Hood' hacker unmasked as AI researcher". The Register. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2010.