Hackers Hold Mitt Romney's Tax Returns for Ransom

| by Michael Allen

Mitt Romney's secret tax returns may not be a secret much longer.

Unidentified hackers claimed, on Wednesday, that they gained access to the financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, in Tennessee, and made copies of all the 1040 tax forms for Mitt Romney, reports Buzzfeed.com.

PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a statement: “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.”

The hackers said they sent USB drives containing information from Romney’s tax forms to local Democratic and Republican Party offices.

Williamson County Republican party executive director Jean Barwick confirmed receiving the USB drive, but has not stated what is on it.

The hackers have threatened to release the tax returns to the public unless they are paid $1 million by September 28 via the Internet barter system Bitcoin.