Hacking of sex website 'led to two suicides'
The hacking of adultery website Ashley Madison has triggered extortion crimes and led to two reports of suicides, according to Canadian police.
The company behind Ashley Madison is offering a £240,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of members of a group that hacked the site.
Hackers last week released detailed records on millions of people registered with the site, a month after a break-in at Ashley Madison's parent company, Toronto-based Avid Life Media.
The website, whose slogan is, "Life is short. Have an affair", is marketed to facilitate extramarital affairs. Toronto Police acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans said the hack was having an "enormous social and economic fallout".
The hackers who took responsibility for the break-in had accused the website's owners of deceit and incompetence, and said the company refused to bow to their demands to close the site. The hackers referred to themselves as the Impact Team.