The Secret Service is investigating claims that an anonymous group of hackers managed to steal copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s tax returns.
An anonymous letter was sent to Romney’s accounting firm and political offices in Tennessee and published online, demanding $1 million in Internet currency not to release tax returns from before 2010. Romney has released his 2010 and 2011 returns, but has so far refused to release any earlier tax returns.
There’s a good chance that the hackers’ claims are a lot of hot air. According to Romney’s accounting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, there is no evidence that any tax return files were stolen. Local police indicated there had been no reports of alarms or break-ins at the building housing the firm’s offices.
Included with the letter were thumb drives claiming to contain encrypted files with Romney’s tax returns. The letter and materials, sent to both Republican and Democrat party offices in Williamson County, Tennessee, were turned over to the Secret Service.
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPlace Money & Politics Editor
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