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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Two Ashley Madison clients are reported to have
taken their lives after hackers published their details
according to police in Canada.
The police revealed the news at a press conference
in Toronto but gave no further information about
Ashley Madison s Canadian parent company Avid
Life Media is offering a C$500,000 reward for infor-
mation about the hackers, they added.
Over 33 million account details were stolen.
Ashley Madison is a dating website which offers
users the opportunity to have an affair.
Addressing the hackers, known as The Impact
Team, acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans of the
Toronto police, said: "I want to make it very clear
to you your actions are illegal and we will not be tol-
erating them. This is your wake-up call.
"Today I can confirm that Avid Life Media is offer-
ing a C$500,000 reward to anyone providing infor-
mation that leads to the identification, arrest and
prosecution of the person or persons responsible for
the leak of the Ashley Madison database," he added.
Evans confirmed that credit card data was included
in the original data dump released by the The Impact
He said that investigators believed this was limited
to the last four digits of the main card number.
Consequently, police are advising victims of the
hack to review their accounts.
He also explained that the hack had already led
to a series of "spin-offs of crimes and further vic-
"The public needs to be aware that by clicking on
these links you are exposing your computers to mal-
ware, spyware, adware and viruses."
Police have set up a Twitter account,
@AMCaseTPS, and hashtag, #AMCaseTPS, in a bid
to gather information about the hack from members
of the public. (BBC)
Two 'suicides' over
Ashley Madison hack
available from its competition, which today, is every-
I know nothing about the deliberations that drove
the paywall lockdowns at this newspaper or at the
Express. What I know is what everyone can see for
All three local dailies offer shovelware online, moving
print content into digital containers that often aren t
the best possible fit.
All three dailies offer an app for viewing a PDF of
the print edition and post at least half of their paper
online on a website.
Seen from the perspective of a prospective reader,
it s a minimal effort to reproduce the traditional product
in digital format, but increasingly, that isn t what
online readers want.
The traditional role of a news media has been to
act as an intermediary for readers with limited time,
filtering news content according to relevance and
importance, combining that with a view of the world
that aligns with its potential readership while packaging
that collection on deadline for easy consumption.
It s hard to see how a paywall helps with the trans-
lation of any of that into a world of free flowing bits.
The slow tolling deathknell for the traditional print
and broadcast media approach began with the intro-
duction of 4G mobile connectivity in this country in
Intuitively, we know that paywalls don t work, the
exceptions proving the rule. But media houses have
to find a way to bridge the gap between back then
and an inexorable future, a way to burn the boats and
build a new colony while maintaining contact with
the mainstream of advertising income.
Competitors aren t hamstrung by legacy expenses.
There are no newsprint, ink, press maintenance or
broadcast tower costs. Staff don t have to huddle in
nicely appointed cubicles and often don t even use
company issued gear.
Media houses playing in bitspace have to become
entrepreneurial in very different ways than they have
grown used to over the past five decades, managing
disruptions from without while creating controlled
disruptions from within.
To be successful, they will have to create content
that s appropriate to the medium it s channelled into,
recruit the next generation of editorial teams and bless,
or at least meaningfully support, the efforts of such
young turks in destroying the status quo in the tra-
ditional workplace in their search for success online.
The alternative, for the traditional media house, is
that someone else will eventually arrive to do it to
This is held to be the ideal for news on the Web and it's almost exactly wrong.
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