Date
22 January 2017
The Canadian firm that owns the Ashley Madison website is offering a C$500,000 reward for information on the hackers. Photo: Reuters
The Canadian firm that owns the Ashley Madison website is offering a C$500,000 reward for information on the hackers. Photo: Reuters

Two suicides linked to Ashley Madison leak

Two people have committed suicide after their personal details were leaked by the hackers who broke into the Ashley Madison website, the Mail Online reported, citing Canadian police.

Captain Michael Gorhum, who served for 25 years with the San Antonio Police Department in Texas, was named as one of the suicide victims.

Canadian police confirmed a second suicide of a person also believed to have been using the website, which facilitates extramarital affairs.

At least one British woman has reportedly inquired into the possibility of divorcing her husband after finding out he was a member of the infidelity website.

A family lawyer in the United States described it as “Christmas in September” for the legal profession after the names and sexual fantasies of 37 million members were made public in a series of leaks by The Impact Team, a group of hackers.

Canadian widower Eliot Shore, who joined the site after his wife of 30 years died of cancer, is leading a £368 million (US$580 million) lawsuit against its operator and demanding £4.8 million in damages after his details were published on the internet.

Jeff Ashton, state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties in Florida, said he is resigning after being revealed as an Ashley Madison user. He said Sunday, however, he never followed through with an affair on the website.

Ashley Madison’s Canadian parent company, Avid Life Media, is offering a C$500,000 (US$376,000) reward for information on the hackers, BBC News reported.

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