Hackers demand $1 mln ransom to keep Romney's stolen tax returns secret

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 06, 2012 07:20 hrs

An unidentified hacker group has claimed to have stolen Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns.

The hacker group claims that it has in its possession of 'all available 1040 tax forms for Romney', which they stole from PricewaterhouseCoopers' Nashville office on August 25, 2012.

The group posted on the text-hosting site PasteBin that they had illegally entered the office, accessed the computers, made copies of the returns and escaped.

According to Discovery News, the unnamed group is threatening to release the returns to the public unless a ransom is paid. They have demanded a ransom of one million USD in Bitcoins.

The Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer electronic currency with no central banking authority-thus, it's very difficult to track.

If PricewaterhouseCoopers pays the ransom by September 28, the information the hackers claim to hold will "remain a secret forever," the report said.

However, a statement addressed to PricewaterhouseCoopers, again posted on PasteBin, states that "other interested parties will be allowed to compete," for the release of the tax returns. The second statement also admits that the returns will be sent to "all major media outlets."

According to the report, the Williamson County Republican Party in Tennessee notified local police when a suspicious package arrived at their offices last Friday.

The package allegedly includes, "copies of Romney's tax returns hacked from an accounting office."

The local Democratic Party office has admitted of receiving a package as well. Both contain a thumb drive and a letter matching the details on PasteBin, the report said.

If PricewaterhouseCoopers fail to act before Sept. 28, "the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything," reads the hacker's statement, it added. (ANI)

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