US law enforcement authorities this week arrested the person alleged to be responsible for . As reported by (via ), FBI agents on Wednesday arrested Conor Brian Fitzpatrick on suspicion of running BreachForums. As noted by Brian Krebs, the administrator of the website, “Pompompurin”, is responsible for or linked to some of the most high-profile hacks in recent memory, including multiple incidents involving the FBI.
In 2021, Pompompurin took credit for compromising the agency’s email servers and sending out thousands of false cybersecurity warnings. Pompompurin is also linked to the 2022 breach, an incident that saw the contact details of its more than 80,000 members put up for sale. Separately, Pompompurin is connected to the which saw the data of 7 million users compromised, and the .
In an affidavit, one of the FBI agents involved in the arrest claims that Fitzpatrick identified himself as Pompompurin and admitted to being the owner of BreachForums. The forum rose from the ashes of RaidForums, which the FBI raided and . For the moment, BreachForums is still operational. “I think it’s safe to assume [Pompompurin] I won’t be coming back, so I’m going to take over the forum,” said a user named Baphomet. “I have most, if not all, access necessary to protect BF’s infrastructure and users.” Fitzpatrick will appear before a federal court. court on .