Ashley Madison Leak Might Have Led To Two Suicides

| by Nathaly Pesantez

Data leaked from the extramarital affair website Ashley Madison might have led to two suicides, Canadian police said at a Monday news conference. 

While police are investigating the deaths, along with extortion crimes linked to the breach, it is unclear whether police were referring to Captain Michael Gorhum from San Antonio's Police Department in Texas, who committed suicide shortly after news emerged that his official email address was linked to an Ashley Madison account.

Toronto Police acting staff Superintendent Bryce Evans had a message for The Impact Team, the group reportedly responsible for the hack: "I want to make it very clear to you your actions are illegal and we will not be tolerating them. This is your wake-up call."

The team of hackers released 9.7 gigabytes of information in total, including names, email addresses, credit card information, billing details and home addresses of Ashley Madison's 30 million users.

"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."

The Impact Team published a message shortly after uploading the stolen data: "Embarrassing now, but you'll get over it."

The news conference was attended by a U.S. Department of Homeland Security representative. Ron Marcello, a Special Agent for Homeland Security Investigations, said the FBI is helping to investigate the hack after Toronto police reached out to them. 

Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison's Canadian parent company, is offering a reward equivalent to $378,000 for information on the hackers, according to the Associated Press.

Sources: Associated Press (2), Daily Mail, BBC / Photo Credit: Toronto Police via Twitter