BreachForums owner arrested by the police on cybercrime charges. The owner however is out on bail now pending trial.
BreachForums Owner Arrested By the Police on Cybercrime Charges
The alleged owner and super-admin of underground forum BreachForums according to various reports have been arrested.
The FBI has now arrested an individual in the name of Conor Brian FitzPatrick who confirms to law enforcement to have been making use of the alias pompompurin, the alleged owner and administrator of BrachForums.
“When I arrested the defendant on March 15, 2023, he stated to me in substance and in part that: a) his name was Conor Brian FitzPatrick; b) he used the alias “pompompurin,” and c) he was the owner and administrator of “BreachForums,” the data breach website referenced in the Complaint,” FBI special agent John Longmire stated.
What FitzPatrick Was Charged With
And as per the pompompurin Affidavit, FitzPatrick was reportedly charged with “one count of conspiracy to solicit individuals with the purpose of selling unauthorized access devices”.
The suspect in question was released on a $300,000 bond and is however expected to appear before the District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia in the latter part of this week.
And until then, he has surrendered his documents and can only travel within the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York City, and the Eastern District of Virginia, all in preparation for the trial. The suspect is also banned from engaging with any witnesses, codefendants, or coconspirators, it was stated, although there were no other names mentioned by the FBI.
BreachForums Arguably Is One of the Most Famous Hacking Forums
BreachForums arguably is one of the most famous hacking forums and platforms around today. Whenever threat actors compromise business networks or endpoints or even manage to steal sensitive data, they get to post it on BreachForums, at most times trying to sell the loot, or just wanting to brag.
Reported Incidents on BreachForums
For instance, data stolen in the Shanghai Covid app breach last summer ended up for sale on BreachForums, with a cybercriminal known as XJP advertising a database with sensitive info on 48.5 million users. In a different incident that also took place last summer, a hacker was asking for $30,000 in exchange for thousands of Twitter accounts.
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