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Hackers Steal Romney's Tax Returns?
Technorati ^ | September 7, 2012 | Craig Blaha

Posted on 09/09/2012 10:45:33 AM PDT by lbryce

An anonymous hacking group claims to have stolen Mitt Romney's tax returns from financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC). PWC denies that there has been any unauthorized access to Mitt Romney or wife Ann's tax information and that any of their systems have been breached.

The hacking group sent thumb drives that supposedly contained copies of the returns to the Democratic and Republican county offices in Nashville Tennessee, as well as PWC. The Nashville city paper was among the first to report on the hacking incident.

The group announced their demands on Pastebin, a tool that is used by coders to share code, and has been used by hacking groups in the past to announce hacking "projects." The group demanded one million dollars in Bitcoins, a digital currency that has little government oversight and allows for some level of anonymity.

Both PWC and the Republican county office say they are working with the Secret Service to discover who is behind the extortion attempt. The Secret Service has not commented on whether the tax return documents are legitimate. PWC did prepare Romney's taxes in 2010, but there is no indication of whether they had prepared previous years returns, or whether those returns would be vulnerable to a remote computer attack.

Romney has released his 2010 and 2011 tax returns. It is possible that this is an attempt at what is known as "predictable response" - the attackers are hoping the recipients of the thumb drive will plug the drive into their computer to see if the files are legitimate. A trojan is then downloaded, giving the attackers full access to the recipients hard drive. Both the Republican and Democratic county offices claim they did not open the files.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: flynt; hacking; larryflynt; libmyths; ntsa; romney; taxreturns
As religious articles are tax deductible, I assume the IRS considers Mormonism a religion, wonder if he used it for his magic underwear.
1 posted on 09/09/2012 10:45:42 AM PDT by lbryce
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To: lbryce

Larry “The Scrotum” Flynt has offered to buy them for a million bucks. I guess now we’ll see if this is true.


2 posted on 09/09/2012 10:48:12 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Diversity and political correctness. The real reason 09-11-01 happened.)
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To: lbryce

Big deal. I’m the Lindberg baby.


3 posted on 09/09/2012 10:49:22 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: FlingWingFlyer

He’s also offered one million for Obama’s college records.

Now which do you think would be more damning?


4 posted on 09/09/2012 10:49:30 AM PDT by Raebie (WS)
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To: lbryce

“As religious articles are tax deductible, I assume the IRS considers Mormonism a religion, wonder if he used it for his magic underwear.”
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Nothing like seeing, on a Sunday afternoon, attacks/snide remarks on a religion whose members are probably the most conservative, most Republican of any of the religious groups in America.

Way to go, I’m sure Ronald Reagan would be very proud of you.


5 posted on 09/09/2012 10:55:50 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: lbryce

Maybe they could find time to steal us a title to some oceanfront property in Nebraska.


6 posted on 09/09/2012 10:57:25 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: House Atreides

“Way to go, I’m sure Ronald Reagan would be very proud of you.”

He wouldn’t care; he’d attack Reagan’s wife for practicing astrology.


7 posted on 09/09/2012 10:57:38 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: lbryce
The Secret Service has not commented on whether the tax return documents are legitimate.

How could the USSS do that, unless they have the key, or the NSA's computers are more powerful than previously thought?

8 posted on 09/09/2012 10:58:40 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: lbryce

The Disgrace, Bill Clinton and his Debauched WINO, Hellary, donated Bill’s magic underwear to charity to took a deduction.


9 posted on 09/09/2012 11:01:25 AM PDT by Twinkie (In whose eyes a vile person is contemned. Ps. 15:4a)
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To: House Atreides

What about you, Paul? Do you deduct your magic spice underwear?

10 posted on 09/09/2012 11:04:35 AM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: lbryce

Romney campaign should release various bogus tax returns that flood “the market” if some hacker comes up with their own.


11 posted on 09/09/2012 11:05:05 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: lbryce

So, just go ahead and vote for Obama. This country doesn’t need you anyway.


12 posted on 09/09/2012 11:06:08 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: mazda77

About as much as they need you.


13 posted on 09/09/2012 11:10:07 AM PDT by lbryce (BHO-"Now, I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" by way of Oppenheimer at Trinity, NM)
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To: lbryce

Imagine this happening to dear leader.


14 posted on 09/09/2012 11:16:58 AM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be purchased and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: mazda77

Why is it so hard to understand that the next President will be one of two people? Obama or Romney.


15 posted on 09/09/2012 11:21:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: lbryce

It was incredibly naive of Romney to think he could keep his returns private. It’s like he is unaware of what scum bags he’s dealing with.


16 posted on 09/09/2012 11:31:58 AM PDT by DManA
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To: driftdiver

I wish they could both lose. Since that’s not possible I hope Barry loses more.


17 posted on 09/09/2012 11:33:00 AM PDT by DManA
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To: driftdiver; All
Why is it so hard to understand that the next President will be one of two people? Obama or Romney.

Damn, beats me? All some can do is worry about idiotic legends of the magic underwear and other pot shots not to advance the state of our country. If that is their version of a productive argument, then the rules of assumptions are on full display for this so-called learned individual.

The reality is we can start taking pot shots at every Christian religious faith and its iterations but that is not where the imminent danger is centered on our future existence. If one cannot generate enough neurons to compel a cogent argument on the dangers that face us, then damned right I don't need their childish sniping and neither does anyone else who takes seriously they are supposed to be an adult.

18 posted on 09/09/2012 11:38:13 AM PDT by mazda77 ("Defeating the Totalitarian Lie" By: Hilmar von Campe. Everybody should read it.)
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To: lbryce

Old news and disputed out right by PWC...so what’s your point???


19 posted on 09/09/2012 11:42:27 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: lbryce

At least we know Romney isn’t a muzzie.


20 posted on 09/09/2012 11:51:13 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: House Atreides

Your indignation seems to be not about religious attacks but about religious attacks on Mormons. Harry Reed gets 89% of the Mormon vote. What does their political views have to do with objecting to snide remarks.


21 posted on 09/09/2012 12:14:16 PM PDT by brightright
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brightright~ “Your indignation seems to be not about religious attacks but about religious attacks on Mormons. Harry Reed gets 89% of the Mormon vote. What does their political views have to do with objecting to snide remarks.”

It tells me that his constituants value the post of “Speaker of the Senate” and his ability to bring home the bacon (pork barrell), more than his inane comments.
His power base is rooted in bringing in the (Federal) money to his home state.

If you look at all of Zero’s former political campaigns, you will see that he was successful only on finding dirt on the oppostion candidate through muckraking and going through previous divorce decrees.

Zero has never won a campaign based upon his own ability , only won through obfiscation and personal attacks on his opponent .
This upcomming election is no different !


22 posted on 09/09/2012 1:01:58 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Do you realize that the only thing we know about Zero , for sure , is his tax report ?

When you’ve got nothing on the opposition , you have to ‘invent it’ !


23 posted on 09/09/2012 1:06:48 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Tilted Irish Kilt~ “Zero has never won a campaign based upon his own ability , only won through obfiscation and personal attacks on his opponent .”

Prepare for Axelrod’s “October Surprise”


24 posted on 09/09/2012 1:15:47 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt
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To: lbryce

“Hackers Steal Romney’s Tax Returns?”
Yet in four years no good hacker has been able to hack obammy’s school records, birth records, or any other REAL thing about this kenyan marxist punk???


25 posted on 09/09/2012 1:58:37 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

Harry Reed is a liberal. Harry reed receives 89% of the Mormon vote. Regardless of the reasons they vote for him it certainly does not show their conservatism. And whether they are or not should not have anything to do with defending them.


26 posted on 09/09/2012 2:21:19 PM PDT by brightright
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To: Joe Boucher
"Yet in four years no good hacker has been able to hack obammy’s school records..."

My guess is, that given the criminality of "hacking", even if it is whitewashed with the aura of "intellectual exercise", most hackers & "leakers" tend to be "social liberals" (e.g. Julian Assange & Pvt. Manning) and Obama is their hero. Either that or they are teeny-boppers on the order of rich kid shoplifters and those who "key" nice cars while walking through the parking lot.

Probably not your usual "Freeper" type.

"Good Hacker" is an oxymoron.

27 posted on 09/09/2012 2:32:26 PM PDT by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: brightright

“Your indignation seems to be not about religious attacks but about religious attacks on Mormons.......”
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Actually, with rare exceptions, I don’t like to see religious attacks against any religion. It just so happens that the Morman religion was the recipient of the instant “snide comment” in comment 1 above.

Now if there is a “religion” whose tenets are to wage war on myself, my family, my faith, my civilization and my Republic I have no problems against any attacks against that “religion”. So feel free to fire away against Islam. You’ll have no opposition from me and I might instead add some reasonably informed comments/support to the attack.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 3:42:12 PM PDT by House Atreides
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