A hack that shut down Suffolk County government servers over 20 days ago has crippled the local real estate industry.
The cyberattack has disabled access to county websites, servers and databases since Sept. 8, making it impossible to verify property titles or file records with the county. That, in turn, has stopped most transactions from going through.
Corcoran broker Sheri Winter Parker said confusion over the situation and when it might end means “my phone is ringing with nonstop texts and emails.”
A hacking group known as BlackCat has claimed credit for the attack and demanded payment to restore access to government servers, according to The Suffolk Times. The hackers claim to have stolen four terabytes of data, including on individual residents, much of it from the clerk.county.suf domain.