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Toronto police investigating possible Ashley Madison suicides

The Ashley Madison website.The Ashley Madison website.
The Ashley Madison website.Photograph by Carl Court—Getty Images

Toronto police are looking into two suicide reports with possible ties to the Ashley Madison hacking scandal, law enforcement officials said at a news conference Monday.

Toronto Police Superintendent Bryce Evans said details about both cases remain sparse. He added that the police’s investigation would be directed at finding the hackers responsible for leaking more than 30 million email addresses and credit card numbers from Ashley Madison, a Canada-based website that helps married men and women arrange affairs.

“Your actions are illegal and will not be tolerated,” said Evans. “This is your wake up call.”

Evans also announced that Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media is offering a $500,000 reward to anyone providing information that leads to the arrest of the hackers. Still, the hackers may be well outside the jurisdiction of Canadian police.

A group of hackers known as Impact Team last week released nearly 10 gigabytes of user information obtained from Ashley Madison. The leak has already implicated reality TV star and family values activist Josh Duggar and the executive director of the Louisiana GOP, among other notable figures.