Breach Notification , Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime
Agents Say NY Man Ran the Popular Successor to Forum Shuttered in April 2022 Prajeet Nair (@prajeetspeaks) • March 18, 2023
Federal agents arrested the alleged administrator of criminal underground forum BreachedForums, tracing him to a small town in New York’s Hudson Valley.
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FBI agents say Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, resident of Peekskill, confessed to being “pompompurin,” owner of BreachForum, an English language successor to a hacking forum shuttered by federal law enforcement in April 2022.
“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,” wrote to John Longmire, special agent at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A local television station broadcast video of federal agents removing evidence from a Peekskill house. Bloomberg reported that an area newspaper listed Fitzpatrick among the 2021 graduates of Peekskill High School.
A federal judge released Fitzpatrick on a $300,000 bond signed by his parents. His next court appearance is set for the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., on March 24.
On BreachForums, a user by the name of Baphomet wrote that he has assumed control. “I have most, if not all the access necessary to protect BF infrastructure