In a press conference this morning, Toronto Police have announced that the theft of users’ data from the adultery website Ashley Madison has now led to two possible suicides and numerous online scam attempts and extortion threats. The release of information from more than 30 million users last week had a ripple effect that included two unconfirmed suicide reports and criminals have also set up bogus websites that claims to verify if a user’s data has been leaked but are in fact aimed at extracting money and spreading computer malware. Police have also been informed of blackmail threats. Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, has confirmed it is co-operating with investigations conducted by the Toronto Police Services, the RCMP, the Ontario Provincial Police and the FBI. The company is also offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the hackers. Last week, two Canadian law firms, launched a class-action suit on behalf of Ashley Madison customers. The class action is not directed at the hackers but was brought against Avid Dating Life Inc. and Avid Life Media Inc., the corporations running Ashley Madison, which the lawsuit criticizes for failing to protect the users’ information.
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