Regardless of your thoughts on whether or not anyone involved in the Ashley Madison hacks got what was coming to them, the bottom line is that what the Impact Team of hackers did was highly illegal.
Not only was it illegal, but now that hack is being connected to two suicides (unconfirmed), multiples cases of extortion and blackmail.
That's exactly why Avid Life Media is now offering a $500,000 reward to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the hackers responsible.
Acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans led a news conference in Toronto this morning and noted that The Impact Team's actions "have a long-term social and economic impact" and had "already sparked spin-off crimes, and victimizations."
Evans noted if anyone is being extorted by Ashley Madison should contact their local police department. Evans also issued the following warning:
"Team Impact. I want to make it very clear to you. Your actions are illegal, and will not be tolerated. This is your wake up call."
Watch the entire news conference below: