Wednesday 24 May 2017

Two suicides linked to Ashley Madison hack - as $500k bounty put on heads of hackers

More than 37 million Ashley Madison users had their detail posted online by hackers (AP)
More than 37 million Ashley Madison users had their detail posted online by hackers (AP)

Alastair Sharp and Andrea Hopkins

Two Ashley Madison users are reported to have taken their lives in Canada after hackers released their details.

Following an ongoing investigation into the website hack, Toronto police said today two recent suicides in Canada may be connected to the hacking of the Ashley Madison cheating website.

The website, whose slogan is, "Life is short. Have an affair", is marketed to facilitate extramarital affairs.

Last week, hackers release the details of more than 37 million users of the site.

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Toronto Police Acting Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans told a news conference that the attack on the infidelity website had sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides.

This follows reports that an American police captain in Texas took his own life last week after hackers published his details from the Ashley Madison site.

A reward of $500,000 Canadian dollars (€324,825) is being offered by Ashley Madison's parent company, Toronto-based Avid Life Media, for information leading to the arrest of the hackers of adultery website.

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"Today I can confirm that Avid Life Media is offering a $500,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the leak of the Ashley Madison database," added Mr Evans.

Mr Evans confirmed that credit card data was in included in the original data dump by the The Impact Team.

Consequently, police are advising victims of the hack to review their accounts.

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The data dump contained email addresses of US government officials, UK and Irish civil servants, and workers at European and North American corporations.

Reuters

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