Hackers Claim to Have Romney's Pre-2010 Tax Returns

An anonymous individual or a group claims to have gained access to Mitt Romney’s "all available tax forms” by hacking computers of the global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. In an anonymous message posted Sunday on Pastebin, a file-sharing website, the poster, without offering any proof, says he will either release or prevent the forms from going public depending on who pays him $1 million first, NBC News reported. "The years before 2010 will be of great interest to many. 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," the message said. Romney has refused to release his tax returns from before 2010. Hackers also sent a letter and a flash drive last week allegedly containing the stolen tax records to the Democratic and Republican party offices in Williamson County, TN. Secret Service agents confiscated the drives on Wednesday morning. PWC denied that anybody had gained access to Romney's tax records, according to The Wall Street Journal. “We’re aware of the allegations that have been made about improper access to our systems, PWC said in a statement. "We are working closely with the United States Secret Service, and at this time, there is no evidence that our systems have been compromised or that there was any unauthorized access to the data in question.”

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