Ashley Madison Update: Police To Give Live News Conference, Offer $500,000 Reward For Hacker Info

The Ashley Madison hacking fallout has generated a lot of anxiety in users over the past week, especially now that Ashley Madison name search engines are appearing online. As such, police are now trying to find more information about the hacking and the blackmail emails that have gone out to users who appear on the Ashely Madison hacked list.

As reported by CTV News, authorities in Toronto will give a live news conference update about those extortion attempts aimed at Ashley Madison users. The press conference is scheduled to be given by Toronto police, which should reveal new updates about those blackmailing attempts, on Monday, August 24. Beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Monday, watch the Toronto police news conference on CTV News.

According to the Twitter account of , police told , a crime reporter, that they will offer a $500,000 reward in the hack during the 10 a.m. news conference.

“Focus on domestic . Pimping is not cool. tamara.cherry@bellmedia.ca”

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The Canadian police agencies and others on the trail of the Ashley Madison hackers will appear at the news conference on Monday as well, providing more updates and details.

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Other Canadian websites are planning to stream the press conference live as well on Monday morning, as Staff Supt. Bryce Evans plans to update the public on the latest details about the Toronto Police headquarters at 10 a.m. ET.

CBC is streaming the Ashley Madison news conference live starting at 10 a.m. ET.

Plenty of websites, such as Business Insider, have reported that some Ashley Madison users have received emails from anonymous people trying to get them to pay what is the equivalent of $450 United States dollars in order to keep quiet about their presence on the Ashley Madison hacked list. The extortion attempts have tried to get the Ashley Madison hacking victims to pay in Bitcoin, a non-traceable crypto-currency often referred to as internet money.

Meanwhile, as search engines make it easier for everyday folks to search for Ashley Madison users via their names, email addresses, cities, and employers, the extortion attempts may have increased, making it easier for thieves to try and take advantage of the situation.

Users have reportedly emailed cyber security experts such as Troy Hunt with all sorts of reactions to the Ashley Madison leak — from those who request help in getting the information deleted to those who claim their lives could be in danger from such a bold breach.

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