Hackers steal gun owners’ data from firearm auction website

Hackers steal gun owners’ data from firearm auction website

Hackers breached a website that enables individuals to purchase and promote weapons, exposing the identities of its customers, ClassyBuzz has realized.

The breach uncovered reams of delicate private data for greater than 550,000 customers, together with prospects’ full names, dwelling addresses, electronic mail addresses, plaintext passwords and phone numbers. Additionally, the stolen data allegedly makes it doable to hyperlink a specific particular person with the sale or buy of a particular weapon.

“With this data, you possibly can then take a public itemizing…and resolve it again to the [data in the stolen database] so you have got the title, electronic mail and bodily handle and telephone variety of [the seller] and presumably, the placement of the gun,” Troy Hunt, a cybersecurity skilled who runs the favored data breach repository and alerting service Have I BeenPwned, advised ClassyBuzz. (The researcher who discovered the breach shared the data with Hunt so he can add it to Have I BeenPwned.)

On the finish of final 12 months, a safety researcher — who requested to stay nameless — found a server containing the data, which turned out for use by a hacker (or group of hackers) who was utilizing the server to retailer the stolen data. The server was not protected by any system to restrict or management who may entry it, so the researcher downloaded the data and analyzed it.

What he discovered was data taken from the website GunAuction.com, a website that since 1998 permits individuals to place weapons for auction on-line.

A screenshot of GunAuction.com

ClassyBuzz analyzed a pattern of the stolen data, and reached out to 100 individuals by way of electronic mail and 60 by way of telephone name. Of these, 10 individuals confirmed that the data contained within the stolen database was correct. It’s unclear, nevertheless, how current the data is, on condition that for 25 electronic mail addresses our message bounced again or couldn’t be delivered, and several other telephone numbers had been additionally disconnected.

GunAuction.com CEO Manny DelaCruz confirmed the breach in an electronic mail.

“I can verify that we had been just lately contacted by the FBI relating to the potential of a data breach that has affected our firm,” DelaCruz wrote within the assertion. “The breach seemingly uncovered private buyer info like names, addresses, and electronic mail addresses. Nevertheless, we need to reassure our prospects that we have now no motive to consider that any monetary info was accessed through the breach. We’re advising our prospects to stay vigilant and monitor their monetary accounts and credit score reviews for any suspicious exercise.”

DelaCruz added that “our intention is to tell affected customers very quickly.”

This isn’t the primary time that delicate data about gun homeowners has been uncovered. Final 12 months, California’s Division of Justice mistakenly leaked private data, “together with gun homeowners’ names, birthdays, addresses, ages, the acquisition date and kind of firearm allow they possessed, and their Legal Identification Index numbers, that are used to trace state and federal felony information,” according to Gizmodo.

Do you have got extra details about this breach? Or related breaches? We’d love to listen to from you. From a non-work gadget, you possibly can contact Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai securely on Sign at +1 917 257 1382, or by way of Wickr, Telegram and Wire @lorenzofb, or electronic mail [email protected]. You can too contact ClassyBuzz by way of SecureDrop.