An unidentified hacking group made claims on popular text-hosting site Pastebin to be in possession of Mitt Romney's tax returns. The group said it infiltrated a PricewaterhouseCoopers' office in Tennessee and copied Romney's 1040 forms.
This situation feels like a terrorist plot out of a movie. To prove that this is not a joke, the hackers have mailed a copy of the forms on a jumpdrive to PricewaterhouseCoopers, as well as GOP and Democratic offices around the country. According to the Tennessean: "The Williamson County Republican Party this morning notified police about a package received last week that claims to include copies of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s tax returns hacked from an accounting office in Franklin." To avoid a full public release to all media outlets the hackers are requesting $1 million in Bitcoins. Bitcoins allows peer-to-peer electronic currency exchange without any banking authority, making it hard to trace.
Do you think Romney will pay the hackers? If the hackers demands are not met by September 28 "the entire world will be allowed to view the documents with a publicly released key to unlock everything."