Ashley Madison’s Canadian parent company, Avid Life Media, is offering a C$500,000 (US$376,000) reward for information on the hackers, BBC News reported. Pointing out on The Impact Team, the acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans of the Toronto police stressed out, “I want to make it very clear to you your actions are illegal and we will not be tolerating them”.
According to Evans, as of this morning Toronto Police were investigating two suicides that might be related to the hack.
Evans said Ashley Madison is cooperating with the investigation and police have found “no criminal wrongdoing” by the company, as was alleged by the hackers.
The investigation has now grown to include worldwide law enforcement, with the Department of Homeland Security as the latest agency to sign on to assist. He said the attack is unique because of the kind of information released by the hackers (who were operating under the nom de hack Impact Team).
Ashley Madison isn’t going down without a fight. Everyone including families, their children, wives, male partners, live in partner, are going to be affected by this hack.
Though he didn’t give any more information regarding the suicides, he did also mention that there were some hate crimes that might be connected to the hack as well but didn’t provide any further details.
We all knew it was only a matter of time before AshleyMadison.com would face a massive lawsuit following its data breach.
Evans said the hackers released the entire Ashley Madison client list, which claims more than 30 million users worldwide.
This message was accompanied by music – AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”, said Mr Evans.
“By clicking on these links, you are exposing your computer to adware, spyware, malware and viruses”, he said. The call for help came as officials announced two unconfirmed reports of people committing suicide over the infidelity website’s data breach, and warned of scam artists and extortionists preying on victims of the mushrooming debacle.
The Toronto police along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, US Homeland Security and the American FBI are investigating the hack, dubbing the probe “Project Unicorn”.