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Ashley Madison offers cash reward for information about its hackers

August 24, 2015, 6:55 PM UTC
Homepage of Ashley Madison website displayed on iPad, in photo illustration taken in Ottawa
The homepage of the Ashley Madison website is displayed on an iPad, in this photo illustration taken in Ottawa, Canada July 21, 2015. Canada's prim capital is suddenly focused more on the state of people's affairs than the affairs of the state. One in five Ottawa residents allegedly subscribed to adulterers' website Ashley Madison, making one of the world's coldest capitals among the hottest for extra-marital hookups - and the most vulnerable to a breach of privacy after hackers targeted the site. REUTERS/Chris Wattie - RTX1L9H3
Photograph by Chris Wattie — Reuters

As the fallout from last week’s leak of information about more than 30 million members of cheating website Ashley Madison continues, the site’s owner, Avid Life Media, is now offering a $500,000 Canadian ($377,000 U.S.) reward for information to help catch the hackers.

Following the Toronto police’s confirmation of two suicides in connection to the data leak, Avid Life Media, which is based in Canada, told the BBC that it’s offering a reward to anyone who can offer information to help find the hackers, which call themselves “Impact Team.” The company is appealing to the hacker community especially.

Impact Team hacked and threatened to release data from Avid Life Media’s sites in July as a protest of the ethics of the sites. Ashley Madison functions as a dating site for married folks looking for an affair, and Established Men, another Avid Life Media property, does the same for young women seeking to meet rich men. The hackers also took issue with the company’s $19 feature that promises to fully delete a user’s data from the site, which the hackers said isn’t true. The leaked data proved that point.

The release of users’ emails — and therefore, identities — has understandably shaken marriages and relationships. Other hackers have also attempted to blackmail some users in exchange for payments in bitcoin.