The Toronto Police news conference regarding the Ashley Madison website hack began at the Toronto Police Headquarters Auditorium, on Monday, August 24, at 10 a.m. ET. Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans updated the media on the latest news about the Impact Team and the Ashley Madison website hack, as reported by CTV News.
Called “Project Unicorn,” the Ashley Madison hack press conference also had Lisa Taylor from the electronic crimes section in attendance. Although not present, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, along with the RCMP and FBI, has been helping in the Ashley Madison hack.
On July 12, Avid Life Media got the threatening message by the Impact Team, which played the song “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC along with threats to leak all the Ashley Madison customer data. The posted threat was directed to Ashley Madison and Established Men.
Avid Life Media contacted Toronto police two days later, and by August 17, the hackers released more than 30 million users’ data from Ashley Madison on a torrent site. The investigative team found no criminal wrongdoing on behalf of Avid Life Media, Inc. The company is fully cooperating with the largest data breaches in the world.
There have been two unconfirmed reports of suicides due to the Ashley Madison leak. The websites that offer to erase Ashley Madison user data are scams.
Folks who’ve been blackmailed are urged to contact their local law enforcement agents. Police are inviting all their partnerships in law enforcement and there have been appeals made to the hacking community to do the right thing.
For the free support to the open tech community, a thank you was issued.
The support line for the AM Task Force, which is 416-808-2040, was established.
The Twitter account AMCaseTPS was also set up. The Crime Stoppers phone line was set up as well: 416-222-TIPS (8477)
The news conference was live-streamed on the Toronto Police YouTube page.
#AMcaseTPS Twitter account says that it will allow people to send them direct messages without having to follow the account on Twitter.
“This account allows for ‘Direct Messaging’ w/o having to follow our account. We will respond to all messages as soon as we can.”
The Toronto Police are reaching out to he hacking community for help.
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