Mar 18, 2023Ravie LakshmananCyber Crime / Data Breach
U.S. law enforcement authorities have arrested a New York man in connection with running the infamous BreachForums hacking forum under the online alias “Pompompurin.”
The development, first reported by Bloomberg Law, comes after News 12 Westchester, earlier this week, said that federal investigators “spent hours inside and outside of a home in Peekskill.”
“At one point, investigators were seen removing several bags of evidence from the house,” the New York-based local news service added.
According to an affidavit filed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the suspect identified himself as Conor Brian Fitzpatrick and that he admitted to being the owner of the BreachForums website.
“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,'” FBI Special Agent, John Longmire, said.
Fitzpatrick has been charged with one count of conspiracy to solicit individuals with the purpose of selling unauthorized access devices.
The defendant was released a day later on a $300,000 bond signed by his parents and is scheduled to appear before the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on March 24, 2023.
Besides being barred from obtaining a passport or other international travel document, Fitzpatrick has been restricted from contacting his co-conspirators and using a narcotic drug or other controlled substances unless prescribed by a