Here we go again:
“Police are investigating the hacking of a gun club database that may have exposed where more than 1500 semi-automatic handguns are stored. The private details of 540 members from the Port Melbourne club, including the types of weapons they owned, is believed to have been compromised this month, potentially exposing them to the theft of guns worth at least $5000 each on the black market.
Most members own multiple guns, and store them in their homes. One Melbourne International Shooting Club member who stores nine handguns in his home, including a 9mm Glock and Colt .45 automatic – both highly sought-after weapons in the underworld – urged police to confirm whether he was at risk. “Criminals would see those guns as quite valuable,” he said. “I fear for the safety of my family should this information get into the wrong hands.”
Most members own at least three guns, another member said, estimating that as many as 3000 could be registered in the club database. Police are investigating what was accessed during the breach, and will not comment on how many gun clubs have similar databases, how they are regulated, and whether the existence of such databases undermines the integrity of efforts to crack down on the spread of illegal firearms.
It is unclear how many guns have details stored in similar databases, and police declined to confirm how often these databases were audited for operational reasons. “Inquiries are being made and it would be inappropriate to make further comment,” a police spokeswoman said. She said the Firearms Act regulated the information handgun shooting clubs had to provide police.
But the act appears to make no mention that clubs must have the address of the member stored in a database, only that they inform police of the member’s name, and the firearms they used during competition. Gun thieves have repeatedly been found to have stolen to order and supply the underworld, but police have previously denied that the thieves used information stolen from police or gun club databases.
This is despite numerous examples, particularly on farms and other remote locations, of properties with guns being ransacked while neighbouring properties that do not have registered firearms are left untouched. The breach came to light amid internal ructions at the club following a decision by the Victoria Police licensing and regulation division to close its 25-metre shooting range on November 8 because of safety fears.”
And on it goes. It also appears that Bucci hasn’t bothered to consult the Firearms Act, as to what data is required by clubs to report to Victoria Police with regard to attendances and firearm class. The usual lazy, anti-firearm journalism from Fairfax.
However, FOU have learned that allegedly no firearm information was contained in the emails that were sent out, they were purely about the upcoming committee elections at the club and the email database was being used by a member to distribute their views about said election. Irresponsible, yes. But not apparently as serious as what Fairfax is trying to spin.
We will be following this case as it develops and further information comes to light.
That being said, all this incident does is again show you how dangerous and useless this kind of authoritarian bureaucracy is. It doesn’t take much for those emails and information to fall into the wrong hands and you’ve suddenly got a targeted theft on your hands.
According to the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency, less than 0.10% of all firearms are stolen from licenced owners. It’s almost an insignificant number and when criminals can import over 200 Glocks illegally through the post, theft is the least of your concerns.
Back in 2015, criminals were eavesdropping on Police radios in rural areas when conducting storage inspections. Licensing and Regulation Division, which costs $9 million annually to run, is also currently under investigation for supplying a known organised crime syndicate in the security industry with handguns.Victoria Police couldn’t account for over 200 of their own firearms back in 2010. And the details of thousands of hunters were made public knowledge by the Victorian DELWP back in 2016.
Whether this is part of a bigger push to close down the Melbourne International Shooting Club is unclear. Given it is a prime piece of Melbourne inner city real estate it would not be surprising from the Andrews’ government, however, this range is used by Victoria Police, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force for their firearm qualification shoots and training so this is unlikely.
There’s also been a wider push to close down LRD and move it to the almost completely anti-firearm Department of Justice, but they seem to have their hands full with Victoria’s ridiculous crime wave.
As we’ve stated before, firearm registration is useless, puts firearm owners at risk and serves no purpose other a shopping list for criminals. It’s time to do as Canada, New Zealand and a slew of other countries have already done and ditch it for good.
dirty cops! are there any other kind? (‘Porter’ …. Mel Gibson/”PayBack”)
let’s have “a Captain Cook” @ some of the above, eh?
☞Gun thieves have repeatedly been found to have stolen to order and supply the underworld, but police have previously denied that the thieves used information stolen from police or gun club databases.
This is despite numerous examples, particularly on farms and other remote locations, of properties with guns being ransacked while neighbouring properties that do not have registered firearms are left untouched☜
i/presumably, the dBases are operating under LANs…. that is: not on the inter-webs;
as such: how could “criminals” access them w/out the proper authorisation?
you’d need highly-skilled ‘hackers’ to do this and, even then, it might not work 100%
ii/in rural areas, it would be, pretty much, 50/50 that, what-ever place you ‘burgled’, you’d find a gun-safe….
but…that said……and….again…..to get this information, you would need access to the cop dBase…
and… that is not some-thing that yr run-of-the-mill crim is likely to have or be able to get…..
(its looking “suss”, already! )
☞Back in 2015, criminals were eavesdropping on Police radios in rural areas when conducting storage inspections☜
cops have been using digitally-scrambled 2-way radio for some-time now…..so….it almost beggars belief that some common-or-garden-variety crim could ‘monitor’ their encrypted radio traffic…..
that takes highly specialised equipment….
an experienced Telstra technician might be able to do it….but…..
(looking even more “suss” )
these ‘burgs’ are being done by rogue cops or a special cop unit who have access to the dBase…
that’s why there have never been any “prosecutions”;
to achieve one of the major aims of gun-grabbers…. a central fire-arm “repositry” so that individual, private, owner-ship of fire-arms is totally outlawed ☹
☞As we’ve stated before, firearm registration is useless, puts firearm owners at risk and serves no purpose other a shopping list for criminals☜
so-called LAFOs are, really, a major part of the problem….
they are not prepared to ‘call out’ the bogus SSAA;
they are not prepared to ‘take on’ the bodgie Port Arthur massacre “narrative”;
they continue to vote for gun-grabbing major political parties;
they are scared-out-of-their tiny little minds by cops and bureaucrats when they should be, basically, treading these mongrel bastards under-foot with the complete and utter contempt that they deserve!
they’ll end up losing their guns or the laws will become so ridiculously onerous that it will not be worth the trouble having a license….
when that day comes….the so-called “crims” with the ‘illegal’ guns will be the smart ones…..
as in: if the only bloke on the block with a gun is a nineteen-yr-old punk, then, that punk is “king of the kids”….the rest are just a bunch of BITCHs!
Police had radios stolen. Some of the VICPOL regional commands were still using non-digital channels as their main get up. Believe it or not, the public service isn’t the best for rolling out new equipment and even AFP and ABF were still using non-digital encryption until recently. The crooks were listening in and when the Police would announce they were attending a storage inspection, that’s when they knew which houses to hit. So they no longer announced storage inspections over the air and then changed the radios over to what metro command were using. So there goes your conspiracy theory.
What? People have been calling for Port Arthur Coronial Inquiry and Royal Commission for some time now, FOU have mentioned it in several of their articles if I’m not mistaken.
For someone who is continually on this blog wanting this that and the other and berating others for not “fighting the system”, what exactly are you doing other than getting on the interwebs and running your mouth?
You advocated violence against John Howard on another post. So why haven’t you done it then? Too much of a “bitch”?
stealing a cop radio won’t get you any-where….b’cs you need an access code also!
what you mean “recently”?
they’ve had dgtl radios for some years….
“conspiracy theory” ?
get OUTTA here!
the so-called “crooks” were knocking off gun-safes all over the joint…..a good few in outer suburban and regional areas like Geelong where they would have had dgtl radios..
so…the only way they could have known would be to ‘hack’ the cop dBase….
who does that?
other cops is who….
so much for your bogus explanation…
you and the other LAFOs are the bitchs…..
that goes back to the public meetings in 1996/1997 when Howard called yr bluff….
i’m takin’ yr guns off you and there ain’t a damn thing you can do abt it! how you like them apples? ……. too gutless to even chuck-a-punch @ him….. its been all down hill ever since….
he called yr bluff….and he’s still doin’ it…..
bunch of gutless mongrels….
two nights in a cop lock up and youse’d ‘go to water’….
some of the feral Greenies have got more ‘go’ than you do!
☞People have been calling for Port Arthur Coronial Inquiry and Royal Commission for some time now☜
(wasn’t gunna bother responding to this….but…)
not the SSAA, that’s for sure!
☞i know of only two prominent/known LAFOs who made any noise abt it…. Ron Owen of Owen Guns, Gympie and Ian McNiv…formerly of the FOAA ……….
Ron took various gun issues all the way to the HCA;
from mem. he mentioned the PAM…..
McNiv was constantly on talk-back radio and that abt it… going back a good few yrs….☜
that’s it!…. the SSAA bitchs never said “boo!”
You don’t need an access code for the Vicpol digital radios if you have a receiver. You literally turn it on and select the channel. You’ve clearly never used one but that’s not surprising.
Again, you’re not going to do anything and look ridiculous calling every other shooter a bitch. Port Arthur happened, it wasn’t a “hoax” and people died. As to who did it, well I don’t know but it definitely wasn’t Bryant in my opinion.
☞Port Arthur happened, it wasn’t a “hoax” and people died☜
where’s the evidence?
where’s the proof?
the sort of hard evidence (documentary and forensic) that’s presented @ a Coronial Inquest and a SC trial….
(where people have to give evidence ON OATH and subject to the full penalties for perjury)
ohh…that’s right…there wasn’t a CI and, more likely than not, there wasn’t even an appearance in the SC….
for all you or i know, Bryant doesn’t even exist….
or….if he does and is in prison…he’s just a total patsy….
there ain’t even any evidence of Life Insurance pay-outs which could be got under FoI……
IOW: it was a HOAX…just like the so-called “mass shootings” in the US…. a media circus with a transparent political agenda….
I can help you out with that Phantom, a friend of mine worked in a shop Bryant used to frequent, they we scared shitless of him as he was (to use her words) “a ticking time bomb and not the full quid”, odds are he didn’t access his full entitlements because he has of seriously sub normal intelligence.
There is no doubt Bryant did it, the reasonable questions are about Police response time, proceedures, competence and the idea that, after such a monumental bungle, we should be utterly reliant on the police to protect us in future.
It wasn’t a conspiracy, it was the classic political move of ‘never letting a tragedy go to waste’.
Victoria is the stat you can bribe any security authority and legal authority. Very corrupted state.
of course, you’ve read Keith Allen Noble’s book on the PAM, right?
whether or not you believe the PAM actually occurred, it is absolutely and categorically impossible that Bryant was involved in any significant way, shape or form….
much cleverer men than you (or me!) have figured this out after decades of meticulous research!
this bogus post from “Harry Houdini” is proof of two things:
I/the reason we got these bogus gun laws is b’cs there is, still, a large n° of people in the pro-gun community who ‘buy into’ the official bogus narrative…..thus giving TPTB a simple, two-word meme to prevent any long-overdue liberalisation of these draconian ‘laws’ ….. viz: Port Arthur
ii/the comments moderation here needs to stop so that clearly ludicrous posts like this “Port Arthur happened just like ‘they’ said” nonsense can be nipped-in-the-bud ASAP
The terrorist organization appeared as community group called CGTTI old boys association. Still doing their terrorist activities. Victoria police let them heppn because police respect the multicultural laws. Time to review every community groups. Organization and association.
Still trying to understand the topic about LRD’s database being hacked – there was nothing about LRD or police databases being hacked in the article. Starting to question the credibility of the author….