PricewaterhouseCoopers said it is working with the U.S. Secret Service after allegations that the tax returns of client Mitt Romney were stolen.
“We are aware of the allegations that have been made regarding improper access to our systems,” said a statement forwarded by PwC spokesperson Tanja Sullivan. “We are working closely with the United States Secret Service, and at this time there is no evidence that our systems have been compromised or that there was any unauthorized access to the data in question.”
The tax returns of the Republican presidential candidate were reportedly stolen from a PwC office in Franklin, Tenn. The hacker sent anonymous messages to PwC, as well as Romney’s campaign offices demanding a ransom of $1 million in a difficult-to-trace online currency known as Bitcoins for the tax returns, according to the Associated Press. He also reportedly sent packages to local Democratic and Republican campaign offices with a thumb drive containing some of the documents. In addition, he posted a message on a Web site popular with hackers known as Pastebin threatening to disclose the tax returns. Romney has refused to release any tax returns prior to his 2010 taxes, despite pressure from the Obama campaign. READ MORE