RE BackOffice Verifies Xceligent Directed it to Hack CoStar’s Websites and Steal Material as Part of Widespread Plan to Unlawfully Get Data and Photos
A U.S. federal judge has ruled in CoStar’s favor in its ongoing legal battle with Xceligent after one of Xceligent’s primary research study suppliers, Pennsylvania-based RE BackOffice Inc., admitted to repeatedly hacking CoStar’s websites in order to unlawfully download residential or commercial property information and pictures to occupy Xceligent’s rival database.
In the filing last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, RE BackOffice confessed that it was worked with by Xceligent to hack into CoStar’s sites and copy its content on exactly what CoStar alleged was a commercial scale.
District Court Judge Arthur Schwab ruled in CoStar’s favor today, ordering RE BackOffice to turn over all its make money from the scheme to CoStar and released an injunction against the professional.
As initially reported by the Washington Organisation Journal on Friday, the research study specialist stated in its filing that Xceligent directed it to repeatedly copy material from CoStar’s sites and add it to Xceligent’s system for its competitive service.
Inning accordance with the filing, Xceligent CEO Douglas Curry allegedly checked out the India center to train the operations group.
On the other hand another news outlet reported that RE BackOffice and its India-based affiliate, MaxVal Technologies, have actually contracted with Xceligent since 2012 as part of the prevalent plan to copy CoStar content. Inning accordance with Bisnow News, RE BackOffice confessed in the court filing that Xceligent’s management directed the specialist to hack into CoStar’s system and copy information and pictures, calling Xceligent CEO Douglas Curry and primary research officer Nathan Lipowicz as being straight involved in the scheme.
In the filing, RE BackOffice states, “At Xceligent’s instructions, the REBO/MaxVal operations group utilized steps to prevent CoStar’s security procedures and thereby hack into CoStar’s sites in order to occupy the Xceligent database with content copied from CoStar.”
The court filing followed CoStar subpoenaed RE BackOffice last summertime after submitting fit against Xceligent in Missouri where Xceligent is based.
The admission of wrongdoing by Xceligent’s representative and the judge’s judgment today were hailed as a major break in the case by CoStar, which claims Xceligent took and resold its material for numerous years.
“The truths confessed by Xceligent’s agent, and the court-ordered injunction against them, speak for themselves,” a CoStar representative stated.