Toronto police say they have received two unconfirmed reports of suicides related to the hacking of cheating website Ashley Madison, which they call one of the largest data breaches in the world. Along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, US Homeland Security and the American FBI are investigating the hack, dubbing the probe “Project Unicorn”.
The $578 million suit, filed Thursday, acts on behalf of all Canadians who were members of the website and were involved in the hack, which exposed email addresses and other data of 39 million users. After verifying the group’s PGP signature used for encrypting messaging, they could confirm that the contact was made by the same group that performed the famous attack on the Ashley Madison site. “Have an affair.” It helps connect people seeking to have extramarital relationships and is owned by Avid Life Media.
Avid Life Media Inc., the parent company of the website, is offering a 500,000 Canadian dollars ($379,132) reward to catch the hackers, police said.
Hackers who stole a trove of sensitive data from AshleyMadison.com said “nobody was watching” as they scoured the infidelity website and vowed to release more emails from its executives, online technology website Motherboard reported on Friday.
Unfortunately, more sad news are coming out following the Ashley Madison hack. “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members”.
Evans noted that some consumers may be offended by the service offered by Ashley Madison, but that it has no bearing on the investigation, which has found no wrongdoing on the part of Avid Life Media. He noted that workers at ALM first learned of the breach on July 12 when employees logged in to their computers and were confronted by a message from the hackers.
“Team Impact, I want to make very clear to you that your actions are illegal and won’t be tolerated”.
The hackers have claimed “nobody was watching” as they retrieved the data. “Nobody is going to be able to erase that information now”, he said. Web services that boast the ability to tell you whether your information was hacked will probably just expose you to “malware, spyware, adware and viruses”, Evans said.
Both are thought to have had details leaked in the hack, although it is not confirmed whether the suicides are directly linked to the leak.