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Dotloop is on the hunt for leaker as another association cancels its service.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 3.19.29 PMThe Arizona Association of REALTORS (AAR) has issued DotLoop a “Notice of Cancellation” today with concerns of protections from “improper use” of AAR forms.

This come off the heels of a story on Inman News; Dotloop probes prominent industry player for identity of alleged hacker.

The Inman story is fascinating. On one hand Dotloop is pissed that someone outed them on the use of unlicensed forms. Which they have since corrected. But it doesn’t end there. Now it seems they are looking for the identity of the person/company that hacked (according to the title of the Inman article) their system.

I have to say I agree with Dotloop on this one. While the circumstance are somewhat ironic, it is in Dotloop’s best interest to find out who has behind this attack(?) and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

And here’s where it gets real interesting. Apparently the hacker (leaker?) used the account to demonstrate to the California Association of REALTORS (CAR) and others about the unauthorized use of forms. Which I mentioned earlier Dotloop has since corrected. So you have to ask yourself who would benefit from outing Dotloop? The answer to me is pretty simple, a competitor. If you start going down that rabbit hole then you come up with this scenario. A Dotloop competitor met with CAR and others and as a result of that meeting the competitor forced Dotloop out of the market. Doesn’t sound too pretty from a legal perspective does it?

I hope I’m wrong about this. I hope that it wasn’t a Dotloop competitor that participated in the hacking and distribution of this information. That’s just plain wrong. And two wrongs don’t make a right.

That being said it doesn’t put CAR is good light.

Exhibit A: CAR met with Dotloop competitor
Exhibit B: Due to the results of that meeting CAR forced Dotloop out of market.
Exhibit C: Dotloop begins to lose business (AAR) in part due to these actions.

Sounds like Dotloop might have grounds for a lawsuit against CAR. And if that happens you might have a guess at the settlement.

CAR licenses its forms to Dotloop. Or in other words, “Checkmate.” Dotloop wins.

It makes me think that this was the whole reason for this lawsuit in the first place.

Fucking brilliant.

  1. Iamnotianandnotthatclever

    The Inman article made me wonder about a few things.

    1. Do our associations or tech companies have accomplished hackers on staff? Joel Singer late at night wearing a black t-shirt and hitting his old stash of Jolt cola…Or, is the site not that secure? The same idiots that built my MLS system were able to get in? Or, did it get accessed another way? Admin gave away password? Login credentials are publicly available? As we’ve seen in other instances (username=lastname, pw=MLSID and every member is sent PDF roster with names and ID’s – doh!).

    2. How does a SoCal admin get access to NWMLS forms? Didn’t it say NWMLS used that account to check out their own forms?

    3. Why does Form Spot exist as a separate system/site? Why would DotLoop build a system for people to upload forms and identify what state and/or local association they are for if they know these things are copy written forms? Wouldn’t they get association forms directly from an association if they are licensed?

    I don’t agree with the exclusive deals either, but something’s rotten in Denmark.

    If I came-up with these three, I’m sure smarter readers have thought about others.

  2. After reading all the details on this I think they should get a movie deal. This is some juicy stuff.

    It hasn’t looked goof for CAR from the beginning of this mess.

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