Voice of Ireland star Kathryn Thomas has blasted affairs site Ashley Madison as the “dark side of the web” and says she finds it hard to have sympathy for the cheating subscribes whose details have been leaked.
Hackers stole data from the site yesterday and placed it online, exposing love cheats across Ireland and the world, including names, phone numbers and credit card details.
Speaking about the scandal, the tv host said in her weekly column with the Irish Daily Star: “It is hard to feel sorry for the love cheats – why should we, for goodness sake?”
However, she continued: “There will be people on the list who are 100% innocent of any wrongdoing. Perhaps their identities have been stolen or fake online profiles were created for them by people who set them up for a fall.
“The web is a wonderful world, but the dark side is casting an ever-growing shadow.”
Kathryn added that she was reminded of the when she was hosting the Ray D’Arcy show earlier this week.
“I spoke to British journalist Anna Richardson about her new documentary Revenge Porn, which was aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday night.
“It gave me a real insight into the level of personal torment that such victims are being put through, especially women. Their naked images are being stolen – not just by ex boyfriends but by total strangers.”
The RTE star said: “These pictures are then uploaded with their names and all their personal details. This leaves them open to the most hateful and degrading comments.”