Ashley hack resulting in suicides

At least two people have killed themselves after falling victim to the hack on the Ashley Madison website, Canadian police said.

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, said acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans.

He said the announcement was made at a news conference at Toronto Police Headquarters. It comes a week after hackers released detailed records on millions of people registered with the website. The release of the material followed a break-in  at Ashley Madison's parent company, Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc. The website, whose slogan is 'Life is short. have an affair', is marketed to facilitate extramarital affairs, AP reported.

Meanwhile, another report said a US police officer from Texas had taken his life, days after his name was linked to the website. Captain Michael Gorhum, who had served for 25 years with the San Antonio Police Department, killed himself last week. 

Police in Canada announced they were establishing a social media account to handle tips and answer questions on the issue. This hack is one of the largest data breaches in the world, AP quoted Evans as saying. This is affecting all of us. The social impact behind this leak, we are talking about families, we are talking about children, we are talking about wives, their male partners, he added.

Evans said criminals are attempting to extort Ashley clients by threatening to expose them unless payment is received.

source: The Times of India

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