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Hacker holds Romney tax returns ransom for $1M in Bitcoins

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By Meghan Kelly
VENTURE BEAT

Ready for the most outlandish story of your morning? Here we go. Today, a hacker allegedly stole Mitt Romney’s tax returns, is demanding $1 million in Bitcoins for silence, and sent a USB drive and letter to the GOP and Democratic party offices in Williamson County, Tennessee as proof.

Williamson County Republican party executive director Jean Barwick confirmed to VentureBeat that the U.S. Secret Service has taken the USB drive and letter from the GOP party office to examine it and see if this is a hoax or a real situation.

“We don’t know what this will turn into if anything,” said Barwick in an interview with VentureBeat. “[The Secret Service] didn’t say what they would do with it.”

In a letter, the hacker says the records were stolen from PricewaterhouseCoopers in Franklin, Tenn.

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