MLS System Under Cyber-Attack
Appraisers, I belong to several appraiser forums, with active participation among appraisers. On Wednesday June 12, 2019, per a forum posting, the MetroList MLS (which uses Rapattoni data) was hit from an outside cyber-attack. This MLS provides service in central California around the Sacramento region.
The cyber-attack caused property data to become unavailable via web sites – to appraisers and real estate agents.
The MLS posted this message:
The MetroList computer network that supports Prospector MLS is down as a result of a cyber-attack. The MetroList team is working at a very fast pace to resolve and restore services as quickly as possible.
The cyber-attack we are experiencing is very similar to those that have impacted thousands of other businesses and governments across the country. All MetroList data is backed up and our team is working through the various issues to get the systems up and running.
I am passing this info along because Rapattoni is a data service used elsewhere in the US. Appraisers should watch for any unusual issues when accessing property data in whatever MLS that also uses Rapattoni, as the cyber-attack could be focused on that data service.
There may also be an effort to access and attack other property databases used in other MLS associations.