The Toronto police gave a press conference on Monday, August 24 to update the public about the Ashley Madison hacking. During the news conference, Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans said that he’d received reports of two unconfirmed suicides potentially related to the Ashley Madison hacking.
Although Toronto authorities did not yet confirm the identities of the Ashley Madison suicide victims, one of the Ashley Madison suicides might be linked to a Texas police chief who killed himself mere days after his name appeared in the Ashley Madison leaked list of names, reports the Daily Mail. And it isn’t just the two suicides spoken of by Toronto police. The Daily Mail also reports that Captain Mike Gorhum may represent the third suicide possibly related to the Ashley Madison leak.
On Facebook, Joseph PT Reilly wrote a touching tribute to Gorhum.
“Rest in Peace Captain Mike Gorhum. You truly are one of the guys, I’ve most respected in my Law Enforcement Career, no task too big, no goal too loafty. Never met a stranger, never backed down, always had your partners back or when you were in charge, your Officer’s back. Whatever it was, I wish one of us could have reached you, could have told you, ‘regardless, it will be OK.’ Love you Mike. This is a hard day. God bless you, and your Family and the Department.”
The Toronto police service’s YouTube page may post clips from the news conference. The TPS AM Twitter account has also been established for those wanting updates and new information about the Ashley Madison leak going forward — including those in the “white hat” hacking community who want to help catch the Ashley Madison hackers and see them brought to justice.
Meanwhile, at the press conference, Evans said that it took quite a bit of technological savvy for the Impact Team to pull off such a feat, and he eschewed the notion that it could’ve been a lone 16-year-old who performed the hacking. The deep impact of the hacking and the effects upon families was mentioned.
Also, Evans warned others that trying to download supposed Ashley Madison database info might expose the searchers to malware, according to BBC News.
Nevertheless, Ashley Madison search engines that allow the public to search by name, employer, email address, city, and more have popped up online. Although one such site was shut down, reports that others have arisen in its place have users trying to battle it with DDOS requests and FBI reports.
Editor’s note: the above story previously erroneously referred to ads offering utility software as “‘Mackeeper’ sites” as a generalized term for pop-up advertisements. The Inquisitr’s editorial team apologizes for associating the MacKeeper brand with this unfortunate news story.
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