Ashley Madison is known for its slogan: “Life is short”.
In case you’ve spent the last couple weeks in a cave, adultery website Ashley Madison is in a world of trouble.
Hackers claimed they released details of more than 30 million people who had accounts with the website, which spouses use to find affairs.
According to a report by the IB Times, the 25-year veteran of the City of San Antonio police department was one of three officials who saw their email addresses leaked.
Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media is offering a $500,000 reward for anyone who provides them information that leads to the arrest of the hackers. The hackers may have put their cart before their horse in the data breach, as the burden of proof lies heavily on the Impact Team.
The force held a news conference about their investigation into the website hack at Toronto Police Headquarters.
While Lawton could say little about the investigation so far, she confirmed the privacy commissioner has been in touch with Avid Life Media.
In an emailed statement released on Monday, Avid Life Media, the owner of the Ashley Madison said, the Privacy Commissioner has commenced a probe into the issue.
“We’re talking about families, we’re talking about their children, we’re talking about wives, about their male partners”. Consequently, police are advising victims of the hack to review their accounts.
On July 12th, Evans told reporters, workers at the Toronto-based company logged into their computers and were greeted with “a threatening message” by hackers (or hacker) the Impact Team.
Evans said the department “received the call this morning” about the suicides, which he stressed were unconfirmed. “Your actions are illegal and we will not tolerate it”.
It’s entirely possible that the traumatic and embarrassing revelations related to the the Ashley Madison data dumps could drive some people to suicide, especially as opportunistic extortionists have started demanding Bitcoin in exchange for silence.
He also addressed the wider hacker community, asking them to “do the right thing” and pass along any information they have about the breach.