After the “security breach”, the names and addresses of thousands of British customers of a site responsible for buying and selling guns, were posted on the dark web. Personals at Guntrader.uk told the BBC that it learned of the hacking on Monday and notified the police including the National Crime Agency to investigate. One gun owner said he feared that the information leakage would cause criminals to attack his family.
In the UK, gun ownership is strictly controlled, so it is difficult to buy guns and causing them to be valuable for the black market. The man, who did not want to be named, told the BBC that such violations “seriously compromises my security arrangements for my firearms and puts me in a situation where I and my family could be targeted and in danger”.
Guntrader. uk reported that approximately 100,000 customer records were stolen, but “no information about gun support or gun location was obtained.” Among them, many gunmen and rifle organizations called for vigilance. The British Association for Hunting and Conservation (BASC) urges its members to “keep their homes safe”. He said that personal information is contained on “hacking websites.”
Our advice to members would be to check home security and be extra vigilant. Make sure all firearms are appropriately locked away and make sure buildings are kept secure”, it wrote. The Southwest Cybercrime Unit (SWRCCU) is investigating the violation. This was supported by the National Crime Agency, who told the BBC, “We are working closely with the organization [guntrader] and the SWRCCU to better understand the incident and manage any potential impact.”
The police reiterated their safety recommendations for shotgun owners and asked them to report malicious activity. BASC told that gun laws require guns to be locked when not in use, adding that most police forces will review their security measures before issuing a gun certificate. He advises users to stay vigilant and work closely with relevant authorities to mitigate the impact.
He said that In 20 years, it is the first attempt to compromise the company’s security system was successful.
All the indications currently are that the breach was neither political nor commercial as there has been no attempt to extort money from either guntrader.uk nor its users, or make other capital from the theft,” he said.
Personals at Guntrader.uk told the BBC that it learned of the hacking on Monday and notified the police including the National Crime Agency to investigate. In the UK, gun ownership is strictly controlled, so it is difficult to buy guns and causing them to be valuable for the black market. He said that In 20 years, it is the first attempt to compromise the company’s security system was successful.