Two former users of the popular website for adultery Ashley Madison have committed suicide after the site got hacked.
Earlier this July the biggest adultery website offering dating services for already married men, Ashley Madison, got hacked by a team of hackers. They threatened Avid Life Media, the company standing behind the website, to leak all sorts of personal info of the 37 million users the site has if it didn’t get shut down for good. The company refused to shut down Ashley Madison, so the hackers went on to fulfil their threat. They originally intended on leaking user names, real life names, age, addresses, e-mails, bank accounts, discussions and so on. Earlier this August the hackers started leaking e-mail addresses online and now two suicide cases have been linked to this leaking of information.
An unnamed man from Toronto, Canada, took his own life shortly after the leak and now a policeman from San Antonio, Texas, US, has done the same. The police officer, who has been identified as Captain Michael Gorhum, committed suicide using his own gun. The San Antonio police felt the need to hold an official press conference and speak out about these suicides. They verified that the Ashley Madison officials have launched a campaign in an attempt to stop the leaks and to catch the hackers responsible for the attack on the website. The current prize set by Avid Life Media for those, who have any information leading to the identifying and arrest of the hackers, is £240,000 ($375,000 in USD).
The hackers leaked millions and millions of e-mail addresses on the Internet and they belong to Ashley Madison users from Europe, North and South America, Canada. In July the people standing behind the security breach, gave Avid Life Media an ultimatum – shut down Ashley Madison for good or get its users’ personal info leaked.