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Ashley Madison hack leads to $500,000 reward for information

Ashley Madison wants answers and the company is prepared to pay handsomely to get them. The parent company of the now infamous cheating-site wants to find out who was behind the successful hacking of their servers earlier this month, and they are offering a $500,000 reward for anyone that can lead them to an arrest.

The parent company of the website is called Avid Life Media and they are based out of Toronto, Canada. The company announced today that they are offering a $500,000 reward for any information that leads to the “identification, arrest and prosecution” of the hackers that stole, and ultimately leaked, personal information from the company’s long-list of customers. That attack occurred earlier this month and was an instant media-storm that spurred thousands of headlines across the globe.

The Toronto police department held a press-conference today to announce the new reward for the cyber-crime, the department also stated that at least two former Ashley Madison clients have reportedly committed suicide following the hack.

It was confirmed last week that hackers stole personal information from the site, then dumped that information onto secluded sites throughout the internet. The email address became early searchable thanks to privacy-protection sites that offers a search and find system to see if your email address has been compromised. It wasn’t long before people were entering the email addresses of their spouses, significant others, and work colleagues to see if they were using the website to cheat, or browse.

As of right now there haven’t been any criminal charges filed against Avid Life, that may change over time but it seems unlikely at this point. The police department which held the press-conference earlier today stated that the company has been “fully cooperative,” and reminded the public that the people who’s information were stolen are “innocent” of any crimes. Despite what most people think about cheaters that is.

Toronto Police Department’s acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans was at the event and spoke with the press following the mention of the new reward system put in place by the company.

Canada isn’t the only authoritative law-enforcement concentrating on the attack. The U.S. Defense Department and Postal Service is also investigating the leak, while lawyers stateside are already filling out the paperwork for a class-action lawsuit against the website.

The primary plaintiff, according to the Sun, is “a disabled widower from Ottawa who joined the site briefly after his wife’s death but never actually met anyone online.”