Guntrader data breach update


BASC is alerting members to the latest advice issued by the National Crime Agency (NCA) in response to developments in the Guntrader data breach.

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’s response

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.”

NCA advice

NCA advice for certificate holders on arrangements for the safe storage and movement of firearms:

  • Ensure guns are locked away at all times when not being used.
  • Keys to the gun safe are secured away from safe itself and the location of these kept discrete.
  • Ensure windows and doors are locked when out or in the garden.
  • Ensure alarm systems are maintained and serviced and provide appropriate coverage.
  • Be aware of any suspicious activity such as people watching your property, or following you back  from places where the shotgun may have been used/seen.
  • Be aware of open talk about firearms ownership in public places which could lead to you being targeted by criminals.
  • Be discreet about who you tell that you own firearms.
  • Vehicles in which guns are being carried should not be left unattended.
  • If you see anything suspicious please contact your local police force on 101. In an emergency please call 999.

For further information on keeping your firearms safe please review the BASC security advice.