The recent leak that exposed 33 million users on the extramarital dating website Ashley Madison might have caused two individuals to complete suicide, Canadian police said Monday.
Officials are currently investigating to determine whether the website hack directly connects to the two suicides. They have not released names, but The Daily Mail reports that Captain Michael Gorhum, a 25-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department in Texas, completed suicide shortly after the information hack publicized his email address in connection to an Ashley Madison account.
"Never backed down, always had your partner's back or, when you were in charge, your Officer's back," a colleague wrote as part of a Facebook tribute to the captain. "Whatever it was, I wish one of us could have reached you, could have told you, 'Regardless, it will be OK.'"
Avid Life Media, the company behind the Ashley Madison website, has offered a $378,000 reward to anybody that can provide the Canadian police with valuable information on the Impact Group, according to the Associated Press.
Ironically, Ashley Madison's slogan is, "Life is short. Have an affair."
Toronto Police acting staff Superintendent Bryce Evans directly addressed the hackers, known as the Impact Group, saying, "I want to make it very clear to you your actions are illegal and we will not be tolerating them. This is your wake-up call."
He added, "We're looking at bringing in top security investigators from around the world to assist."
After they uploaded 9.7 gigabytes of names, emails, billing information, and home addresses of Ashley Madison users, the Impact Team had a message for the 33 million people that they put on blast. "Embarrassing now, but you'll get over it," they wrote.
"This hack is one of the largest data breaches in the world," Evans said. "This is affecting all of us. The social impact behind this leak, we're talking about families, we're talking about children, we're talking about wives, their male partners."