Cheating site Ashley Madison offers reward for info on hack; reports of suicides due to data release

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TORONTO, Canada — The company behind the adultery website  Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a group that hacked the site.

Hackers last week released detailed records on millions of people registered with the website, one month after a break-in at Ashley Madison’s parent company, Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc. The website, whose slogan is, “Life is short. Have an affair,” is marketed to facilitate extramarital affairs.

Toronto Police announced the reward Monday at a news conference.

The hackers who took credit for the break-in have accused the website’s owners of deceit and incompetence and said the company refused to bow to their demands to close the site. Police are also investigating extortion crimes.

Two individuals associated with the leak of Ashley Madison customer details are reported to have taken their lives, according to police in Canada.  The police gave no further information about the deaths though.