FBI Takes Down Hacker’s Forum: Cybercrime Forum Founder Arrested For Data Breach


Law enforcement officers arrested a New York man believed to be the administrator of BreachForums, the now notorious hacking forum. The forum is alleged to have facilitated the dealing of private data belonging to American citizens. The FBI alleged that BreachForums also stole and sold the private data of hundreds of foreign and American companies, government agencies, and organizations.

prosecutors confined that 20-year-old Conor Fitzpatrick of Peekskill New York was arrested. He has been charged with conspiracy to indulge in access device fraud. If convicted, he could spend up to five years behind bars.

Undercover agents from them posing as buyers purchased 5 sets of information stolen from American security services and internet hosting companies. This effectively proved that BreachForums indulged in and facilitated the purchase and sale of hacked and stolen data.

The stolen data contained the usernames, names, phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, and passwords of around eight thousand clients.

FBI Accessed Several Pieces Of Evidence Linking Fitzpatrick To The Crime

The FBI undercover agents also managed to obtain the card information of customers. Among the stolen data obtained by the FBI included information from an investment company based in America. That piece of data contained at least 5 M email addresses. Another set of data contained the personal information of private information of employees of a US company.

The data breach detected by the FBI included names, addresses, email addresses, mobile and phone numbers, driving license numbers, routing numbers, and bank account numbers and names.

The seller also sold bank details and private information of close to 15 million Americans. Another large data set was stolen from an American healthcare company, the FBI revealed.

The FBI relied on multiple bits of evidence that eventually nailed Fitzpatrick, aka Pompompurin. At first, they obtained the IP address used by Fitzpatrick to access BreachForums predecessor, RaidForums. The name of the addresses was linked to him. There were other pieces of incriminating evidence that the FBI obtained including several emails used by Conor.