Privacy Commissioner investigates Ashley Madison data breach, Company offers reward for information

Robin Levinson King reports:

Canada’s privacy watchdog says it will investigate the security breach at Toronto-based Ashley Madison after hackers apparently exposed private information about millions of the adultery website’s users.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner “has commenced an investigation into the matter concerning (Ashley Madison owner) Avid Life Media,” spokesperson Valerie Lawton said in an emailed statement Monday.

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In other related developments, Rob Gillies of AP reports:

The hack of the cheating website Ashley Madison has triggered extortion crimes and led to two unconfirmed reports of suicides, Canadian police said Monday.

The company behind Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 Canadian (US $378,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of members of a group that hacked the site.

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