Holding stolen documents for ransom a new cottage industry? Hackers alledgedly steal Mitt Romney’s tax returns

In William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer, cyber-criminals traffic in stolen information and data; now an anonymous group of hackers have claimed to have cracked into the servers of PriceWaterhouseCooper’s Franklin, Tenn. office and stolen Mitt Romney’s tax returns prior to 2010. I doubt that this is the kind of inventive entrepreneurship Romney has been touting on the campaign trail: ransoming stolen documents for start-up capital. On Sunday, the presumptive data-kidnappers posted this ransom note on Pastebin, a site which allows people to paste text anonymonously: Romney’s 1040 tax returns were taken from the PWC office 8/25/2012 by gaining access to the […]

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