At least two people may have committed suicide following the hacking of the Ashley Madison cheating website, Toronto police said on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time), warning of a ripple effect that includes scams and extortion of clients desperate to stop the exposure of their infidelity.
Avid Life Media Inc, the parent company of the website, is offering a C$500,000 (NZ$580,750) reward to catch the hackers.
In addition to the exposure of the Ashley Madison accounts of as many as 37 million users, the attack on the dating website for married people has sparked extortion attempts and at least two unconfirmed suicides, Toronto Police Acting Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans told a news conference.
I hope the hackers are eventually caught, and prosecuted. Their actions will I believe lead to many deaths, and destroyed families.