Ashley Madison Leak Tied to Two Possible Suicides; Company Offers $374,000 for Hacker Intel

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Two possible suicides linked to the Ashley Madison link Carl Court/Getty Images

Two people who had Ashley Madison accounts may have committed suicide in the days since hackers released stolen subscriber data on Aug. 18, according to the Toronto Police Department. During a press conference on Monday, Aug. 24, Toronto police superintendent Bryce Evans announced that Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, is offering a $374,491 reward to anyone providing information that could help lead to the arrest of the hackers known as the “Impact Team.”

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Captain Michael Gorhum, who served 25 years with the San Antonio Police Department in Texas, took his own life days after his email and account information were leaked.

The team of hackers released over 37 million email addresses and credit card numbers associated with the Canada-based website that helps married men and women arrange affairs.

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“Your actions are illegal and will not be tolerated,” Evans said of the hackers during the press conference. “This is your wake-up call.”

On top of the possible suicides connected to the leak, the release of the stolen data also led disgraced 19 Kids and Counting alum Josh Duggar to confess that he had been unfaithful to his wife, and Louisiana GOP executive director Jason Doré to claim he used the site as research on his political opponents.

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