Georgia MLS announces security breach

by Timothy Inklebarger

Georgia MLS released a statement on Thursday, Aug. 27 announcing that someone accessed unauthorized information in the online member database.

“Although we are unaware of any actual misuse of information, we are providing notice of the occurrence,” Georgia MLS said in a written statement.

They further explained that on Aug. 16, 2020, they were notified that a security breach on the MLS served “may have resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of member login details for Georgia MLS.”

“The breach involved our membership management server which holds our membership database and stores the login details for Georgia MLS accounts,” the statement noted. “While this server was not publicly listed, cyber criminals gained access to our membership database.”

The information hackers had access to included user names, email addresses, phone numbers, Georgia MLS passwords, real estate license numbers and mailing addresses.

“No other information or data has been involved and no one has access to any other personal data from this breach,” Georgia MLS noted. “Our technology team identified the criminal code and have replaced the impacted server. Also, we have undertaken a full audit and introduced additional steps to ensure our members’ data is not accessible.”

The MLS added that member services are operational. They said that the downtime did not result in the loss of any data. Those with further questions can call the Georgia MLS office at (770) 493-9000 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.