I’m sure there are far more important things going on, but this one made me laugh:
A Tennessee man faces federal charges after a grand jury indicted him on counts of fraud and extortion, in a case stemming from claims made about tax documents of Republican Mitt Romney during last year’s presidential campaign. […]
According to the indictment, Brown’s activities on websites such as Pastebin.com and 4shared.com show that he posted claims about possessing the tax records, sometimes evoking the movie character “Dr. Evil” as he did so.
The court document says that Brown never compromised the accounting firm’s computer systems, “and falsely stated that he had stolen tax documents for Willard M. Romney and Ann D. Romney for tax years prior to 2010.”
Brown then “demanded US$1 million converted to ‘Bitcoin’ and instructed that this sum be deposited in a Bitcoin account for which he provide the account number,” according to the document, to prevent the release of the documents.
Asking for the ransom in Bitcoin is the clicher for this shit-show fail parade. Consider this an open thread.