BASC approached the NCA this week after it was revealed that an animal rights extremist organisation had published instructions on how to link the Guntrader data with online mapping software.
The NCA has responded with details of the ongoing investigation into the latest breach and provided further advice on how members can increase their vigilance around security.
An NCA spokesperson said: “The NCA is aware that information has been published online as a result of a recent data breach which impacted Guntrader. We are working closely with the South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU), who are leading the criminal investigation, to support the organisation and manage any risk.”
Martin Parker, BASC’s head of firearms, said: “We will remain in contact with the NCA and SWRCCU as the situation develops and we are pressing to ensure the agencies get to the bottom of this. It was already a significant breach of data, but this latest development is particularly concerning.
“In the meantime, we are sharing the security advice issued by the NCA and ask members to remain vigilant and report any concerns to the police.
“We also advise against clicking on any link purporting to show the data as it could include malware that could infect your device.”
In addition, the NCA has informed BASC that they have made all firearms licensing units aware of the breach and confirmed the Information Commissioner (ICO) is aware of the issue and is in contact with Guntrader.
In their response to BASC, the NCA said: “In order to assist law enforcement in mitigating any impact on the public, it is important leaked information is not shared, or drawn attention to, by the media.”
For further information on keeping your firearms safe please review the BASC security advice.