To say it’s been a rough week for cheating website Ashley Madison would be an understatement. Hackers last week posted personal information for tens of millions of Ashley Madison users, including their names and email addresses. Days later, the hackers made things even worse by publishing internal emails from Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life, as well as the source code for Ashley Madison’s website and mobile apps.

BACKGROUND: Ashley Madison is so, so screwed

Ashley Madison is bloody but not yet totally beaten, however. Business Insider brings us word that the beleaguered cheating website is offering a reward of $500,000 for information that leads to the successful arrest and prosecution of the people who stole and leaked its data.

The hack has already lead to horrible consequences for many of its users who now face threats of blackmail and harassment from strangers across the web. There have even been reports to two suicides that may have been connected to the data breach, although authorities emphasize that they’ve been unable to confirm a connection at this time.


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.