The fallout from the Ashley Madison leak won’t come as a surprise to some. There have been two suicides reported following the hacking of popular adultery website Ashley Madison.
Toronto police announced on Monday, August 24, that most of Ashley Madison’s members have become victims of blackmail, email scams, and extortion. All of the fallout from the leaked data has caused two unconfirmed suicides, according to Toronto Police Staff Superintendent Bryce Evans. He also gave a stiff warning to the “Impact Team” hackers who started leaking data from the Ashley Madison site last week.
Bryce is also urgently asking those who are affiliated with the hackers to reach out to the Toronto Police Department. They’re also offering a $378,000 ($500,000 Canadian) award for leading them to the arrest of the members of the anonymous hacking group.
“Your actions are illegal and will not be tolerated. This is your wake-up call. To the hacking community who engage in discussions on the dark web and who no doubt have information that could assist this investigation, we’re also appealing you to do the right thing. You know the Impact Team has crossed the line. Do the right thing and reach out to us.”
The authorities would not disclose any more information about the apparent suicides. They said that they received two unconfirmed reports on Monday morning. Police also warned that the exposure of the data of Ashley Madison’s 37 million users is having a negative impact on their personal lives.
“The social impact behind this (hacking) — we’re talking about families. We’re talking about their children, we’re talking about their wives, we’re talking about their male partners. It’s going to have an impact on their lives. We’re now going to have hate crimes that are a result of this. There are so many things that are happening. The reality is… this is not the fun and games that have been portrayed.”
In addition to this recent news, there was also an apparent suicide in the U.S. A previous report via the Inquisitr claimed that a Texas chief police officer took his own life after the news of the Ashley Madison leak.
Ashley Madison is based in Toronto, where the apparent suicides took place. The website’s slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair,” promotes infidelity.
However, that hasn’t stopped Twitter users from heckling Ashley Madison’s users. Users on the social networking site have been making jokes about the millions of cheaters and adulterers that flocked to the online dating website. You could say that some of them are enjoying the Ashley Madison leak a little too much.
The #ashleymadisonhack is not responsible for any suicides or violence, the shit behavior that led to those ppl being exposed is the problem
— Jamison (@siegert_two) August 24, 2015
If Ashley Madison getting hacked isn’t ultimate karma idk what is #ashleymadisonhack
— SouthOfMemphis (@_e_LiE_) August 24, 2015
I don’t care about anyone suffering from the #ashleymadisonhack
— hamza (@hamzaaligirl) August 24, 2015
Yall asses get whatever coming to Yall #ashleymadisonhack
— NookDaTaurusChick (@RubyKisses3) August 24, 2015
— Amy Hanna (@ctownchick1) August 24, 2015
Some have even expressed their interest by sharing memes and gifs of celebrities eating popcorn.
— Laker Mike (@LakerMike248) August 19, 2015
There are some who think that Ashley Madison’s members “deserve” what’s coming to them.
— Rand Commodore (@randcommodore) August 24, 2015
people who are getting exposed for the #ashleymadisonhack deserve it. what are you doing cheating??? its not gays ruining marriage, its you.
— jasmine (@jasminekitties) August 22, 2015
Only thing I have to say about the #AshleyMadisonHack is they’re all cheaters… They deserve whatever comes with being a cheater
— (@Chic6Goddess) August 21, 2015
Live any way you want, but spouses deserve to choose their path too! #ashleymadisonhack — A good hack!!
— Kristie McKiernan (@_iKonoclast) August 19, 2015
Some would compare this 21st century public heckling to the great American novel, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Ashley Madison hack victims who feel suicidal are urged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. It is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
What are your thoughts on the Ashley Madison leak? Do you think these exposed cheaters “deserve” having their information exposed and being ridiculed by the public? Share your thoughts below in the comments section.