TORONTO – The company that owns the cheating website Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of hackers who revealed its users.
The adultery site is based in Toronto.
Toronto police said after hackers released a file containing the names and addresses of 37 million users, it has ruined people’s lives.
“We have two unconfirmed reports of suicides associated because of the leak of Ashley Madison’s customers’ profiles,” Toronto police Staff Sgt. Bryce Evans said. “Criminals have already engaged in online scams by claiming to provide access to the leaked websites. The public needs to be aware that by clicking on these links you are exposing your computers to malware, spyware, adware and viruses.”
Police have been working with the owners of Ashley Madison since the hack occurred in July. They said users have been getting extortion e-mails saying their personal information would be erased for a fee.
Authorities, however, said the e-mails are a scam because no one is able to erase the information.