Reports claim 2 suicides in Toronto associated with Ashley Madison leak

FILE - A June 10, 2015 photo from files showing Ashley Madison's Korean web site on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs in national security or law enforcement were among hundreds of federal workers found to be using government networks to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison, The Associated Press has learned. The list includes at least two assistant U.S. attorneys, an information technology administrator in the White House’s support staff, a Justice Department investigator, a division chief, and a government hacker and counterterrorism employee at the Homeland Security Department. Others visited from networks operated by the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

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.

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