#CyberFLASH: Suicides And Extortion Linked To Ashley Madison Data Hack

tech-computer-web-marriageTwo people in Canada with personal information allegedly associated with the Ashley Madison Data Hack are reported to have committed suicide as a result of the leak from the adultery website. Toronto police’s acting staff Superintendent, Bryce Evans, said on Monday morning, that while the deaths were as yet unconfirmed, fallout from the Ashley Madison hack had already led to extortion attempts.

The “Impact Team,” the group of hackers responsible for the hack and subsequent release of over 33 million users’ details, had accused Ashley Madison of operational incompetence, deceit, and gaining “profits on the pain of others.” The hackers broke into Ashley Madison’s website in July, and stole the information then, giving Ashley Madison a month to close down site. Ashley Madison did not comply with the order.

“This is affecting all of us,” said Bryce. “The social impact behind this leak. We’re talking about families, we’re talking about children, we’re talking about wives, their male partners.” Evans also stated that there have been several confirmed attempts by criminal fraternities to extort and expose Ashley Madison clients unless money was handed over.

Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison’s Canadian based parent company has offered a $378k reward for information on the hackers, but so far there have been no takers.

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