Two suicides have been linked to the hacking of adultery site Ashley Madison, it has been announced.
In a press conference on Monday, police in Toronto, Canada announced that they have gotten ‘unconfirmed’ reports of two suicides linked to the hack. These suicides are believed to be of an unnamed Canadian client and San Antonio, Texas Police Captain Michael Gorhum. The latter died last Thursday by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after news broke that his official email address was listed in the hack.
Police did not specify the clients who committed suicide.
‘As of this morning we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides associated with the leak of Ashley Madison’s customers’ profiles,’ said acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans. ‘Today I can confirm that Avid Life Media is offering a $378,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the person or persons responsible for the leak of the Ashley Madison database.’
Evans also said that the hack has also led to numerous confirmed cases of ‘extortion’ and ‘hate crimes’ against the cheating website’s clients.
‘This hack is one of the largest data breaches in the world,’ Evans said. ‘This is affecting all of us. The social impact behind this leak, we’re talking about families, we’re talking about children, we’re talking about wives, their male partners.’