Real estate agents accused of hacking into rival’s account

Graham Cluley

Three estate agents (known as realtors in the United States) have been charged with hacking into a rival’s account in Rockingham, North Carolina.

Between March 1st and March 20th, three agents with RE/MAX Tri City Realty of Rockingham are accused of illegally accessing a Hotmail email account belonging to Nicole Hayden of rival firm Exit Realty. Two of the accused agents, Jamie Moss-Godfrey, 43, and 40-year-old Kim Dawn Whitley, are listed as the owners of RE/Max Tri City Realty.

The alleged victim, realtor Nicole Hayden, was described by journalists as still being in shock.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.