Sheesh. There’s always someone trying to make a quick buck out of others’ misery isn’t there?
Online betting site has shown its true colours by sending out a tacky press release offering odds on whose name might be exposed by the overnight release of the Ashley Madison database, after the adultery website was hacked.
Here is the press release that was just sent to me by a member of Paddy Power’s PR team:
The bookmaker offers 1/10 for a Premier League footballer to score an own goal and be named, while it’s 1/4 for a MP, or a regal 5/6 for a mischievous member of the Royal Family.
Paddy even gives 6/1 for a record number of divorces in the UK in 2015, while it’s now 5/2 that Madison will hold its IPO in London this year.
Never mind that Ashley Madison didn’t bother verifying email addresses, so the existence of someone’s details in the database doesn’t actually prove anything, eh?
That means anyone could have created an account using the email address of a top footballer, politician or – yes – member of the Royal household.
Paddy Power may be finding the situation funny, but just think of the potential human cost of a data breach like this.
We shouldn’t be too quick to jump to conclusions. Even if account details are genuine, their existence is no proof that someone had an affair behind their partner’s back.Further reading:
- Ashley Madison's leaked database available for download - read this first
- Ashley Madison blackmailers now sending threats via US postal system
- Here's what an Ashley Madison blackmail letter looks like
- Now it's Ashley Madison wives who are receiving blackmail letters
- 'Bring me the head of the AC/DC-loving Ashley Madison hacker'
- Suicide and Ashley Madison
- Ashley Madison: Betting site offers odds on who will be exposed
- 'Yes. I was a member of the Ashley Madison website. But I wasn’t there to cheat on anyone'
- Ashley Madison hack could expose 37 million 'cheating dirtbags'
- No Ashley Madison, you weren't burgled by terrorists
- Ashley Madison users warned of password risk
- Cracked Ashley Madison passwords consistent with years of poor security
- Post-hack, Ashley Madison offers members full and free account deletion
- Don't judge Ashley Madison users too quickly, their accounts may be fake
- Just who is joining the Ashley Madison website?
- Fembots land Ashley Madison in hot water with the FTC
- Ashley Madison's marketing department clearly didn't get the memo
- Ashley Madison: Further thoughts on its aftermath
- Ashley Madison hack claims another victim: Its CEO
- Ashley Madison slammed with $1.6 million fine for devastating data breach