Group Claims to Have Stolen Romney Tax Records from Tennessee Offices

A group claiming to have stolen tax returns belonging to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney say they want $1 million in Bitcoins by September 28 or they’ll publicly release the records worldwide.

News agencies report the U.S. Secret Service is investigating the alleged data theft at the Franklin, Tenn., offices of Romney’s accounting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

A group claiming to have stolen tax returns belonging to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney say they want $1 million in Bitcoins by September 28 or they’ll publicly release the records worldwide.

News agencies report the U.S. Secret Service is investigating the alleged data theft at the Franklin, Tenn., offices of Romney’s accounting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

“All major news media outlets are going to be sent an encrypted copy of the most recent tax years that your company had on file since you did not have them all in a convenient electronic form. The years before 2010 will be of great interest to many,” the group wrote in a letter to PwC posted on Pastebin. “If the parties interested do not want the encrypted key released to the public to unlock these documents on September 28 of this year then payment will be necessary.”

Romney’s been under fire in recent months for refusing to release his tax returns prior to 2010.

Though the group sent the ransom to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the message on Pastebin offered the records to anyone who first converts $1 million to Bitcoins using an exchange.

“And the same time, the other interested parties will be allowed to compete with you,” according to the letter. “For those that DO want the documents released will have an [sic] different address to send to. If $1,000,000 USD is sent to this account below first; then the encryption keys will be made available to the world right away. So this is an equal opportunity for the documents to remain locked away forever or to be exposed before the September 28 deadline.

“Who-ever is the winner does not matter to us.”

The accounting firm said via Twitter that there was no evidence of unauthorized access to its data.

The attackers reportedly sent packages containing the letter and a flash drive to both Republican and Democratic party offices in Williamson County, Tenn. Representatives from both offices told reporters they received the padded packages but did not view the drive’s contents. The packages were turned over to authorities on Wednesday.

The anonymous group of hackers say the data heist took place Aug. 25. Local police said there were no reports during the entire month of August to indicate the accounting offices were broken into.

 

 

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Discussion

  • Anonymous on

    a little slow on this. it was on the front page of yahoo news (the definitive source of infosec news apparently???) at 8.a.m yesterday morning.

  • Anonymous on

    It's so obvious Romney is refusing to release his tax records, like every other Presidential candiadate ALWAYS does, for two reasons:

    1. The entire country will see exactly how he's NOT the "regular guy" he tries to portray himself as.

    2.  Everyone will see his income, and how little taxes he paid, and how much money is off shore.

    He will be exposed as the weasel he is.

  • Bob on

    Just because Romney was successful does not make him a weasel, that is true, annonymous. However, the way he lies and tries to deceive the American people, that makes him a weasel. He not only lies, he outright lies, being told he's lying by everyone around him, then he says: So what? I don't care if they say I'm lying because I'm gonna keep doing it anyway. End of story. Weazel. 

  • Anonymous on

    It's clear to me why the submission of earlier tax returns has been delayed. I doubt there is anything unusual in the returns, but I am certain there are volumes of paperwork detailing the care of Mrs. Romney during her ordeal with breast cancer, and with MS. I do NOT want to disect their personal lives via their tax returns, or anything else.

    Our Country is headed for the cliff. AnD Romney's taxes are really what you want to focus on? It would certainly give Obama's operatives material to jerk everyone off message, and completely distract from the real issues plaguing this Country. That is standard procedure for him and his team. Obama's stealth techniques have been deep and dark during every campaign he's been in. He has his 'operators' unseal court records, private papers, dig into the personal lives, and use any-and-everything to excoriate and absolutely destroy the oponent and their family - children included. 

    And really, anyone who is screaming for additional Romney returns, but who has not been sreaming even louder these past three plus years for Obama to reveal his transcripts, SS number(S), scholarship info, et cetera, is being patently disengenuous, and completely transparent.

    So gimme a break about Romney's tax returns.  Go after *something* of Obama's that will tell us who HE is. Oh ... never mind. These past three years have told us PLENTY.

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