Two recent suicides may be linked to the Ashley Madison hack, according to Toronto police. The claims were made at a press conference about the hack held earlier today.
It was also announced that Avid Life Media, the Toronto-based parent company of Ashley Madison, is now offering a $500,000 (Canadian) reward for information regarding the hack.
“This hack is one of the largest data breaches in the world,” Toronto Police acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans said. “The social impact behind this leak, we’re talking about families, we’re talking about children, we’re talking about wives, their male partners.”
However, despite mentioning the suicides, Evans refused to divulge details, citing an ongoing investigation into the authenticity of the claims.
Evans went on to say that the hack is having an “enormous social and economic fallout.”
“This is not the fun and games that has been portrayed a lot in different media outlets,” Evans said. “This is reality. It’s affecting all of us.”
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