Hackers have taken over the website purported to be the most comprehensive listing of homes for sale in Cincinnati, but efforts are already underway to find a solution. A cyber attack hit the California-based software and data service provider for the Greater Cincinnati Multi-Listing Service web. site last week. “It crippled our technology,” Tracy Dunn said. “We’ve been told this is a ransomware attack.” Dunn is the Greater Cincinnati Realtor Alliance and President-elect of the MLS. Home buyers, sellers and realtors visiting the site since the attack have been greeted by an error page. While the attack affected the Greater Cincinnati MLS site, it did not affect the Kentucky MLS site, which uses a different data company. Dunn said the local MLS board has set up a temporary work-around for agents to keep up with the latest updates on properties for sale. , but it is not available on any public site. “Really, right now buyers and sellers need to rely on the realtor community to be able to find available properties,” Dunn said. Greater Cincinnati MLS voted to expedite the tryout process already underway. They are switching to a new website with a new provider. Now it will happen at the earliest, even if they give up their transition time. “Trial by fire. But you know what? Agents are very smart, and agents are very good at doing what needs to be done,” Dunn said. The new site should go live sometime next week.

Hackers have taken over the website purported to be the most comprehensive listing of homes for sale in Cincinnati, but efforts are already underway to find a solution.

The California-based software and data service provider for the Greater Cincinnati Multi-Listing Service Web site came under a cyber attack last week.

“It crippled our technology,” Tracy Dunn said. “We’ve been told this is a ransomware attack.”

Dunn is the Greater Cincinnati Realtor Alliance and President-elect of the MLS.

Home buyers, sellers and realtors visiting the site since the attack have been greeted by an error page.

Although the attack hit the Greater Cincinnati MLS site, it did not affect the Kentucky MLS site, which uses a different data company.

Dunn said the local MLS board has set up a temporary work-around for agents to have the latest updates on properties for sale, but it is not available on a public site.

“Really, right now buyers and sellers need to rely on the realtor community to be able to find available properties,” Dunn said.

There is improvement in the works. Greater Cincinnati MLS voted to expedite the tryout process already underway. They are switching to a new website with a new provider.

It will happen sooner rather than later, even if they give up their transition time.

“Trial by fire. But you know what? Agents are very smart, and agents are very good at accomplishing whatever needs to happen,” Dunn said.

The new site should be up and running by next week.


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