(NEW YORK, NY) — Hours after Real Trends 500 announced its latest real estate rankings, the website got hacked.
“someone who didn’t want you to have access to our REAL Trends 500 report hired a hacker to attack the REAL Trends 500 website.” Murray did not identify the hacker, but said that “we will be rebuilding the website which will likely take a few days,” said Real Trends President, Steven Murray, in an email to Inman.
Murray confirmed he knew the website was hacked with the intention of removing the list because no other information was tampered with.
The Real Trends 500 rankings for 2019 is creditable list of the top firms ranked by transaction volume.
However, the list is still available in PDF format and was attached in Steven’s email.
“The timing lets us know it was not a random attack but one that was planned to disrupt the ability of the industry to access this valuable information,” said Murray in the email. “We will find out [the] source no matter how long or how much it takes.”
Murray is confident the company has the resources to get to the bottom of the attack.