Nova FM’s breakfast duo Fitzy and Wippa disclose husband’s email address was registered with hacked Ashley Madison website.
An Australian radio station has come under fire after two of its DJs informed a woman that her husband was registered on the hacked infidelity website Ashley Madison live on air.
Radio listeners vented angry responses to Nova FM’s breakfast duo Fitzy and Wippa following a live phone in from a concerned woman who suspected that her husband had been using the website.
The site, which uses the tagline “Life is short, have an affair”, was hacked on Tuesday night by the 'Impact Team' cyber group who later released personal information, including names, email addresses, phone numbers and partial credit card numbers of 37 million users.
Ryan "Fitzy" Fitzgerald and Michael "Wippa" Wipfli got hold of the user information after the hackers posted the 10gb database on the “dark web” that could be accessed through a specialised web browser called Tor. On the show they put a call out to any female listeners who suspected their partners of cheating to call in.
A Sydney woman called in after her husband’s unusual reaction to the news of the hack. During the call she said that “he sort of went a bit funny. I asked him straight out. He said, ‘Don’t be stupid. We’re married, we’ve got two kids.”
She said her suspicions were raised when his work hours changed, he began keeping his phone close by him and he could not account for some money.”
After giving the hosts his details Fitzy confirmed that “his details have revealed that he’s actually on the website.”
The stunned woman replied with “Are you serious? Are you freaking kidding me?” to which an awkward Fitzy replied “yeah, no…”.
She then shouted “these websites are disgusting” before hanging up. Fitzy and Wippa appeared to regret the move with Wippa saying “I don’t know if we should have done that. That hasn’t left me with a good feeling. I’m sorry that that happened. I feel a bit bad.”
Angered listeners quickly took to twitter to voice their outrage at the stunt.
— The Sydney Rant (@TheSydneyRant) August 20, 2015
Things not to do for ratings...reveal to a woman live on air her husband has an @ashleymadison acct #fail@fitzyandwippa@novafm — Ian Jankelowitz (@jankelowitz) August 20, 2015
The radio station has yet to release a comment on the incident.