Anonymous group allegedly hacked Romney tax records via Franklin firm

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 7:33pm

An anonymous individual or group is alleging that they have gained "all available 1040 tax forms" of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney by accessing computers in the Franklin office of the professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

An anonymous posting on a text-sharing website states that PwC has been hacked. This same website has been used by hackers who have claimed to have infiltrated computers from companies like Apple in the past.

An excerpt from one message states:

"Romney's 1040 tax returns were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the third floor via a gentleman working on the 3rd floor of the building. Once on the 3rd floor, the team moved down the stairs to the 2nd floor and setup shop in an empty office room. During the night, suite 260 was entered, and all available 1040 tax forms for Romney were copied. A package was sent to the PWC on suite 260 with a flash drive containing a copy of the 1040 files, plus copies were sent to the Democratic office in the county and copies were sent to the GOP office in the county at the beginning of the week also containing flash drives with copies of Romney's tax returns before 2010. A scanned signature image for Mitt Romney from the 1040 forms were scanned and included with the packages, taken from earlier 1040 tax forms gathered and stored on the flash drives.

The group will release all available files to the public on the 28 of September, 2012."

A follow up letter was also posted that states:

"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. 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 deal is quite simple. Convert $1,000,000 USD to Bitcoins (Google if if you need a lesson on what Bitcoin is) 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.

Failure to do this before September 28, the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything.

Bitcoin Address to Stop Release: [redacted]

And the same time, the other interested parties will be allowed to compete with you. For those that DO want the documents released will have an 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 City Paper has been unable to independently confirm whether the county officials or PricewaterhouseCoopers have received packages. Federal law enforcement personnel would not confirm or deny an ongoing investigation into the matter.

34 Comments on this post:

By: CrimesDown on 9/4/12 at 9:12

This is interesting. Can't wait to see how this works out.

By: Ask01 on 9/5/12 at 4:11

As much as I would like to believe rock solid, actionable evidence was at hand to not only prove Willard guilty of tax evasion, and initiate legal action, I am suspicious of the circumstances.

Much like the highly trumpeted, but never produced evidence of President Obama's alleged ineligibility, this may be so much smoke and mirrors.

I'm sure Willard is guilty of some inappropriate dealings involving money and taxes, but this is not the way to reveal the truth.

Willard has something to hide, obviously, or he would not hesitate to share this information.

Perhaps he is afraid if the working class realized how much money he made from their sweat and how little tax was paid, his election chance would be so far down the toilet, even Roto Rooter couldn't help.

By: Ummm... on 9/5/12 at 5:31

If this is the only way to find out the truth concerning Romney's finances, it makes a powerful argument against electing someone so secretive. Just what is he hiding?

By: Badbob on 9/5/12 at 6:48

Blackmail for only one million? How silly. PWC would pay that much just for their reputation. I would be shocked to find out the tax returns of such a prominent client could be accessed from more than one computer in PWC's office. The whole story does not pass the reasonableness test.

By: MusicCity615 on 9/5/12 at 6:49

WHO CARES-

Under president obama, we have spent more in the past 3 1/2 years than any in the past several decades!!!
We are now 16 TRILLION in debt and obama wants to spend more! we have 8+ unemployment for over 40 months straight!!! Why should obama be reelected? We are Greece and obama wants to spend spend spend.

By: MusicCity615 on 9/5/12 at 6:53

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/1601576978821580_651649.html

By: frodo on 9/5/12 at 7:05

When are they gonna hack BHO's college records? Or his birth cer...oh, yeah, you can't hack what isn't there.

By: frodo on 9/5/12 at 7:07

"The City Paper has been unavailable to independently confirm..." That may say more than they intend

By: Rocket99 on 9/5/12 at 7:15

I believe spending has decreased under our current President.

Why are the Republicans acting like George W. doesn't exist?

By: GrantHammond on 9/5/12 at 7:53

This hacker needs to hack an English class. Based upon the language and sentence structures used, this appears to be a scam to me.

By: frodo on 9/5/12 at 7:55

Rocky, if spending decreased (oh, my, pardon me, I can't keep from laughing), then hOW is it that the President has increased our debt by 50% ($5.4 TRILLION)? What did he do with the money...put it in a rainy day fund?

By: njmccune on 9/5/12 at 7:56

Where can I donate? Surely we can put together a group and get the encryption key ourselves!!!

By: frodo on 9/5/12 at 7:59

nmccune, you can just put small bills into a large envelope with my name on it. Leave it under the second booth at Fido's. And don't tell a soul.

By: njmccune on 9/5/12 at 8:06

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By: BenDover on 9/5/12 at 8:11

Am I missing the part where they offer evidence?

One step above the Nigerian Scams...


Subject : MR SULEMAN BELLO

FROM THE OFFICE MR SULEMAN BELLO
AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB).
OUAGADOUGOU BURKINA FASO.
WEST AFRICA.

TRANSFER OF ($ 25,200.000.00) TWENTY FIVE MILLION, TWO HUNDREN THOUSAND DOLLARS.

I AM SULEMAN BELLO, THE AUDITOR GENERAL OF AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK HERE IN BURKINA FASO. DURING THE COURSE OF OUR AUDITING, I DISCOVERED A FLOATING FUND IN AN ACCOUNT OPENED IN THE BANK BY MR JOHN KOROVO AND AFTER GOING THROUGH SOME OLD FILES IN THE RECORDS I DISCOVERED THAT THE OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT DIED IN THE (BEIRUT-BOUND CHARTER JET) PLANE CRASH ON THE 25TH DECEMBER 2003 IN COTONOU (REPUBLIC OF BENIN).

AND NOBODY HAS OPERATED ON THIS ACCOUNT AGAIN, THE OWNER OF THIS ACCOUNT IS MR JOHN KOROVO A FOREIGNER, AND A TRADER WHO TRADE ON GOLD AND MINING, HE DIED, SINCE 2003 AND NO OTHER PERSON KNOWS ABOUT THIS ACCOUNT OR ANY THING CONCERNING IT, THE ACCOUNT HAS NO OTHER BENEFICIARY AND MY INVESTIGATION PROVED TO ME AS WELL THAT MR JOHN KOROVO DIE ALONG WITH HIS TIRED FAMILY. THE AMOUNT INVOLVED IS (USD 25.2 M) TWENTY-FIVE MILLION, TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY , I AM CONTACTING YOU AS A FOREIGNER BECAUSE THIS MONEY CAN NOT BE APPROVED TO A LOCAL PERSON HERE, BUT CAN ONLY BE APPROVED TO ANY FOREIGNER WITH VALID INTERNATIONAL PASSPORT OR DRIVERS LICENSE AND FOREIGN ACCOUNT BECAUSE THE MONEY IS IN US DOLLARS AND THE FORMER OWNER OF THE ACCOUNT MR JOHN KOROVO IS A FOREIGNER TOO, AND THE MONEY CAN ONLY BE APPROVED INTO A FOREIGN ACCOUNT.

I NEED YOUR STRONG ASSURANCE THAT YOU WILL NEVER, NEVER CHEAT ME ...

By: maplesyrupghost on 9/5/12 at 8:24

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By: wiseguy1 on 9/5/12 at 9:01

Why don't these guys go hack the protected files of Obama's past? Gotta be loads of payoff potential in that effort.

By: otaycec on 9/5/12 at 10:02

Sounds like Obama put some of his operatives to work, and if so, might there not be another Watergate on the horizon?. Romney provided all of the tax documents that are necessary by law. This is Obama payback because of the pressure Republicans leveled against him to produce a valid birth certificate.

By: Joev on 9/5/12 at 10:18

LOL, how freakin stupid are people? How easy is it to fake a 1040 tax return?

I can create one in about 10 minutes with any tax preperation software.

And if Romney is guily of tax fraud WHY hasn't the IRS chaarged or even investigated him all these years? Not even ONCE has a question been fraised by the IRS about any of his returns and suddenly because Obama is losing in the race to get re elected, Romney is a tax cheat?

No matter what these clowns release it can only be confirmed by 2 sources, the IRS which of course will not confirm or deny anything to do with anyones records or Romney who also will not have a comment on this nonsense.

The ignorance diplayed here is mind blowing and is testimony to how poorly the public school system has done to teach even the basic principles of common sense.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 9/5/12 at 11:07

If there were any problems with Romney's taxes, I guarantee that this Chicago gang would have already made it known far and wide. We are living under a criminal and lawless regime and they are most likely the ones behind this anyway. Lying scumbags from ObaMao on down.

By: GUARDIAN on 9/5/12 at 11:09

This joke has been online for over a month....and who fell for it? GUARDIAN-GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY and FRIENDS. The American Way.

By: talktotennessee on 9/5/12 at 11:10

Anyone remember Watergate?
Here is your test:
Title: What was Watergate?
Which party's headquarters were broken into?
Who went to jail because of Watergate?
Who resigned in disgrace as a result?
Which Party planners were behind the crime?
Which party was found guilty beyond a doubt?
Which party has forgotten history?
Answer: _________________
Tomorrow there will be a 2nd pop quiz.
Title: Who refuses to disclose tax returns?
(hint question: Which Presidential nominee keeps money hidden in Cayman banks?)
I rest my case. . . . . you can ace this one, can't you?

By: sep332 on 9/5/12 at 12:25

Why redact the addresses? Here's the balance for the "stop release" account https://blockchain.info/address/1HeF89wMjC48bWNgWvVo7Wu3RaLW8XVsE8 and the "promote release" account https://blockchain.info/address/12AP6iCwRNFQqKLStH3A4b4hw3SL6RaNgB

By: wiseguy1 on 9/5/12 at 4:08

talktotenn ... get Obama to open the sealed files, then we can talk about Romney's tax return. What praytell si he hiding? What is so obscene in Michelle's thesis that it has to be sealed form the American public?

Umm .. Obama keep his hidden riches in Cayman banks?? So, just how does a community organizer get welathy? I'd like to apply.

You must be smoking the same dope that Obama was when he was in college.

By: wiseguy1 on 9/5/12 at 4:20

talktotenn ... oh, after a bit of thought, your point is that Democrats are better crooks than Republicans because they don't get prosecuted? Sitting President that had at the very least an inappropriate relationship, or maybe his cigar did, and lied about it udner oath, with a Whitehouse intern ... Hint Lewinski ... and wrote a book to help finance his legal bill.

His cigar would have told the truth but it was snuffed out deposited in an unmarked grave somewhere with the other 'disappeared'.

Yep ... that Romney guy sure is scary. Believes in God, pays taxes, loves the American way, has a past the American public can read about, has never surrounded himself with csars spending public money like there is no tomorrow, would never consider using a picture of himself to honor a deceased astronaut ... oh there is so much more.

By: JaiGuru on 9/5/12 at 5:09

I dunno...this sounds a bit like a put on. The people who did this implicated someone who works on the third floor, thus zeroing in law enforcement, which is beyond stupid. They gave them nearly a month to trace them. They chose blackmail over releasing the papers publicly. No mention was made in the article concerning any form of authentication. Did I misunderstand? I thought it was saying they were locked...so...did they show any proof that the files are in fact the 1040s? If this is legit, they are clever computer users but very poor criminals. And that's beyond the point. This is just extortion. Romeny surely deserves it as far as I'm concerned, but that doesn't make it legal or right. No one is going to pay up from the GOP as that would be a defacto admission of guilt. No one is going to pay up from the Democratic party because it would be a waste of money seeing as how the GOP wont either. If this is real, they should have simply released the forms. All kinds of holes in this one.

By: Ask01 on 9/5/12 at 6:04

Just an observation, but once President Obama is re-elected, if the Democrats win enough seats in the House and Senate, the rich and corporations might see their tax bill skyrocket to help fund the mess they created by not actually creating the jobs they claimed, paying decent wages, keeping the middle class working and happy.

Just think, had those with the money turned loose of some, and gotten richer at a slower pace, keeping their underlings working, they might not have to fork over so much in taxes to support those they drove to unemployment and bankruptcy.

Having money can fix many problems, but not stupid, it seems.

Let the games begin!

By: ralphie oyster on 9/5/12 at 8:14

C'mon conspiracy theorists, coincidence analysts, and the Paranoid Without Portfolio.

Sharpen those pencils and give the noggin another scratch and add to the list!

Other possibilities of tax details that could be calamitous:

A big fluking contribution to Planned Parenthood.

Tax "avoidance" on the estate of Grand Pappy & the Four Grannies. (yes, mildred, mitten's had 4 simultaneous grandmothers. yes, mildred, it's a Mormon Thing)

Tax "avoidance" on the many "gifts" that "friends" receive for helping to understand local customs and business practices.

Evidence of good ol' fashioned money laundering.

Expenses related to family and corporate legal matters that had remained out of the public eyeball, until now.

Lifestyle expenses that would upset the T Party and/or the Christian Conservatives.

Hey, gotta run. Have big fun!

By: wiseguy1 on 9/5/12 at 8:19

Ask01 ... so you think the guys at the energy companies that Obama invested billions in kind of get rich slow... right? Are those guys still in business? What hope is there to move forward to recover our tax dollars invested in the toilet there?

Just an observation.

By: Ask01 on 9/6/12 at 4:35

I would hazard a guess the hope is equal to recovering tax dollars invested in the multiple toilets of Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

I suppose these individuals got rich less quickly than the oil barons with their foot on taxpayers necks.

I support alternative energy sources in hopes we can one day tell OPEC to pipe their oil where the sun doesn't shine and pound sand up after it as a plug.

Also, I have a dream in which all the rich oil moguls find themselves bankrupt, standing in soup lines, sleeping on heating grates. Such a mental picture truly warms my heart.

By: wiseguy1 on 9/6/12 at 5:22

Ask01, you just defined yourself as a Socialist and a bigot. You hate teh wealthy for no other reason than they are wealthy. Biggotry has gotten us absolutely no where.

At least the oil companies employ Americans. The defunct energy companies that you support don't employ anybody.

I too support alternative energy sources, so why not get the guys that have the resources do the research. Governmen gave billions to seven companies that could ahve done the research as they were funded for ... but where has THAT gotten us?

By: Church State on 9/6/12 at 10:29

It is no big secret Utah Senator Orin Hatch and other LDS faithful lawmakers seem to have convinced the US Government that only LDS/Mormon return missionaries are capable of reading, writing and speaking a foreign language. Yet when they return these missionaries test at only an intermediate level of fluency - thus federally funded statewide elementary school level mulitple languages immersion programs were established (in what appear to be predominately LDS neighborhood schools. These children are expected to have advanced level foreign language fluency upon graduation for high school). Mormon return missionaries (60,000 serving worldwide) have been recruited by the CIA and FBI for decades. It is quite interesting how most international abductions, assaults, and deaths of Americans abroad go unsolved for months if not years, but when a LDS/Mormon church member is kidnapped (Russia & England), killed (China), or assaulted (worldwide) the crime is solved by either the FBI/CIA in 7-14 days or less. My bets are on Romney's hijacked tax returns mystery being resolved and the culprits arrested in less than 7 days.

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