by Josh Gross
Hackers claiming to have accessed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns are threatening to release them unless they are paid a ransom of $1 million in Bitcoins—a form of online currency.
The claim was made on the website pastebin.com.
Romney's 1040 tax returns were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the third floor via a gentleman working on the third floor of the building. Once on the third floor, the team moved down the stairs to the second floor and setup shop in an empty office room. During the night, Ste. 260 was entered, and all available 1040 tax forms for Romney were copied. A package was sent to the PWC on Ste. 260 with a flash drive containing a copy of the 1040 files, plus copies were sent to the Democratic office in the county and copies were sent to the GOP office in the county at the beginning of the week also containing flash drives with copies of Romney's tax returns before 2010. A scanned signature image for Mitt Romney from the 1040 forms were scanned and included with the packages, taken from earlier 1040 tax forms gathered and stored on the flash drives.
The group will release all available files to the public on the 28 of September, 2012
No hard proof has yet emerged that group has the returns, but hard drives alleged to contain encrypted versions were mailed to political offices in Tennessee. Nashville City Paper reported today that officials from the U.S. Secret Service confiscated the drives for examination.
The Romney camp has yet to comment. But PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm allegedly burgled, issued a statement that it does not have any evidence that its systems or data were illicitly accessed.