Mitt Romney’s tax returns may soon become public thanks to the work of a group of hackers.
PC Mag reports that a group of hackers allegedly gained access to the network file servers of Pricewaterhouse Coopers and stole Mitt Romney’s tax documents. They then posted a note to Pastebin saying that they would release the tax returns unless they were paid $1 million.
The hackers write:
“The deal is quite simple. Convert $1,000,000 USD to Bitcoins using the various markets available out in the world for buying… Transfer the Bitcoins gathered to the Bitcoin address listed below. It does not matter if small amounts or one large amount is transferred, as long as the final value of the Bitcoins is equal to $1,000,000 USD at the time when it is finished. The keys to unlock the data will be purged and what ever is inside the documents will remain a secret forever.”
The hackers said that the tax forms would be released to whoever ponied up the dough.
The message continues: “Who-ever is the winner does not matter to us.”
Will Mitt Romney’s campaign fork over the money to keep his tax returns a secret? Will the Obama campaign pay to see what Mitt has been hiding?
According to a spokeswoman at the company it probably doesn’t matter.
A spokeswoman for Pricewaterhouse Coopers said:
“We are aware of the allegations that have been made regarding improper access to our systems… 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.”
Do you think the hack is real? Were Mitt Romney’s tax returns stolen? Will anyone pay $1 million to see them?