Tone deaf Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles warns the world about the dangers of hackers
This just in from the unintentional irony files: disgraced Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles is warning the world about the dangers of hackers. In a tweet (screencap for posterity) earlier this morning, the man who many blame for the loss of several hundred million dollars worth of customer deposits, wrote:
Recent events show that with appropriate motivation anything can be hacked.Maybe everyone should stop and think about what it means for them
— Mark Karpeles (@MagicalTux) September 2, 2014 Wow.
Not only does that tweet say nothing novel or otherwise insightful, but it is entirely tone deaf as to the way it will be received by Mt. Gox’s victims. An analog might be BP tweeting out following a controversial spill that oil companies must be especially diligent to protect the environment in the face of their mining and refinement operations.
Karpeles tweet would appear to be a reference to the recent celebrity hacking scandal which has seen nude photos of several female stars published online, with extortion request sent to prevent the release of others. (Ironically, many of these demands were for payment in bitcoin.) Even if it weren’t for Karpeles’ track record with alleged hacking attacks, the tweet would nevertheless have been ill-advised. As many other public figures have learned, any hint at victim-blaming in this instance is sure to draw criticism. Combine this with the fact that Karpeles' nearly bankrupted thousands of people, and this comment warrants a special kind of outrage.
None of this should come as much of a surprise to anyone who's followed Karpeles in the aftermath of the Mt. Gox saga. Beyond a general absence of taking responsibility, Karpeles also has a maddening habit of tweeting trivialities such as pictures of his cat or his Starbucks order, and details of his new business venture that collectively seem to convey a lack of remorse as well.
To borrow from an age old bit of advice: Mark, if you don't have anything nice (and self-aware) to say, consider not saying anything at all.
[Image via Karpeles' now deleted Flickr account]