Ashley Madison offers R4.9m bounty for hackers

Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media is offering a $376,000 (R4.9 million) reward for information leading to the “identification, arrest, and prosecution” of those who stole and leaked information about its user database.

According to a report in The Independent, this is the first “major” step the company is taking in trying to find those responsible for the hack.

A hacker group called Impact Team has claimed responsibility for the hack, although its members’ identities remain unknown.

The group allegedly stole the Ashley Madison user data, but kept it under wraps – asking Ashley Madison to shut down or face the the user information being leaked online.

The Toronto Police department is also involved in the matter, and will reportedly use the services of white-hat hackers to find the perpetrators.

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