In July, it was reported that a popular UK site designed for the sale and purchase of guns has been targeted by hackers. As a result of the Guntrader data breach, the personal safety of a number of gun owners may have been put at risk, with the exposed information potentially facilitating targeted criminal activity.
Hackers seeking to misuse personal information will often seek the most sensitive details that they can find, as this often proves to be more profitable. With cybercriminals growing in strength and enhancing their methods, it is vital that organisations in possession of personal data protect it in accordance with the law. Where they fail to do so, they could be held liable for a breach of the GDPR.
At The Group Action Lawyers, we have seen countless data breaches hit the headlines over the years, and we aim to use our expertise to help victims access the compensation that they deserve. If you have been affected by the Guntrader data breach, you may be able to make a data breach claim, and we can offer advice to any victims on their potential eligibility.
The Guntrader data breach – what happened?
A report recently emerged on the Guntrader data breach, which is said to have exposed approximately 100,000 customer records. It is unclear exactly how the hackers were able to access Guntrader’s systems – in fact, a representative of the company said that it was the first time a breach by an external third party had occurred in 20 years.
By accessing Guntrader’s records, the hackers were reportedly able to steal details of customers’ names and addresses, which have since been posted to the dark web. Now, the Information Commissioner’s Office, the police and the National Crime Agency are all investigating the incident.
The aims of hackers – how could the stolen data be misused?
The Guntrader data breach appears to have allowed hackers to obtain key identifying details of registered gun owners in the UK. Guntrader itself has tried to reassure those affected, stating that records specifically relating to gun ownership and storage locations have not been revealed. However, this does not change the fact that criminals may still be able to trace gun owners to their homes using the exposed addresses.
It is for this reason that shooting associations and the police are advising caution, recommending that victims of the breach monitor the security of their houses, and maintaining the security arrangements for firearms themselves, keeping them under lock and key. Nevertheless, one affected gun owner likely spoke for a number of victims when he expressed fears that his family could be targeted and put in danger.
Claim compensation for a data breach
Those affected by the Guntrader data breach may be among the many victims of information exposure who could be entitled to claim compensation. The law is there to enable victims to assert their rights to justice, so it is important that those affected by data breaches seek legal advice on their eligibility for data breach claims.
Our expert lawyers can offer free, no-obligation to anyone who makes an enquiry, and for many eligible claimants we are also able to offer No Win, No Fee representation.
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First published by Author on September 07, 2021
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