US law enforcement officials have arrested a New York man in connection with running a notorious organization. violation forum Online Alias Hacking ForumPompompurin.”
A development first reported by Bloomberg methodNews 12 comes after Westchester said earlier this week that federal agents had “spent hours in and out of the Peekskill home.”
“At one point, investigators were seen removing several bags of evidence from the house,” said the New York-based local news service. Added.
“When I arrested the defendant on March 15, 2023, he told me: a) his name was Connor Brian Fitzpatrick; c) He is the owner and administrator of ‘BreachForums,'” said FBI Special Agent John Longmire.
Fitzpatrick was charged with one count of conspiracy to solicit individuals for the purpose of selling unauthorized access devices.
Defendant was released the next day on a bond of $300,000 signed by his parents and is scheduled to appear in the Eastern District of Virginia District Court on March 24, 2023.
In addition to being barred from obtaining passports and other international travel documents, Fitzpatrick is restricted from contacting co-conspirators and from using narcotics and other controlled substances unless prescribed by a licensed physician. It has been.
BreachForums emerged last year, three weeks after organized law enforcement seized control of RaidForums in March 2022.
“In the threat actor welcome thread, ‘Pompompurin’ said it created BreachForums as an alternative to RaidForums, but ‘is not affiliated with RaidForums in any way.'” Cybersecurity firm Flashpoint Said at the time.
The forum has since gained notoriety for hosting stolen databases belonging to multiple companies containing highly sensitive personal information.
In the wake of Fitzpatrick’s arrest, another forum user named Baphomet said he had taken ownership of the website, noting there was no evidence of “accessing or modifying compromised infrastructure.” .
“My only answer is [law enforcement]or that none of the media outlets are concerned about themselves at this time,” Baphomet said in a statement.OPSEC It’s been my focus since day one and thankfully I don’t think a puma will attack me in my little fishing boat. “
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