FBI Captures BreachForums Mastermind ‘Pompompurin’: Conor Fitzpatrick Arrested for Hacking, Cybercrime, and Access Device Fraud

FBI Captures BreachForums Mastermind ‘Pompompurin’: Conor Fitzpatrick Arrested for Hacking, Cybercrime, and Access Device Fraud

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In this article, we’ll examine the reasons behind the recent arrest of Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, the alleged owner of BreachForums, and his connections to multiple high-profile hacks, including those targeting the FBI.

Key Takeaways:

  • FBI arrests Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, the alleged owner of BreachForums, a notorious hacking community
  • Known as “Pompompurin,” Fitzpatrick is charged with conspiracy to commit access device fraud
  • BreachForums has been involved in numerous high-profile cyberattacks and data breaches
  • Fitzpatrick was released on a $300,000 bond and will appear in court on March 24th

A New Development in Cybersecurity: The BreachForums Arrest

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has made a significant move against cybercrime by arresting the alleged mastermind behind BreachForums, a prominent online hacking community. 

The suspect, Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, is also known by his online alias “Pompompurin.” He was arrested at his New York residence on Wednesday and faces charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

Unmasking Pompompurin: The Man Behind BreachForums

While being apprehended, an FBI representative received a signed declaration from Fitzpatrick, in which he confessed to owning BreachForums and revealed his identity as Pompompurin. 

Pompompurin had created BreachForums after the FBI had seized RaidForums, another hacking site with similar functions.

Fitzpatrick is implicated in numerous cyberattacks and data breaches, many of which targeted the FBI itself. In 2021, he took credit for a hack that led to thousands of fake cybersecurity warnings being sent from the FBI’s email address. 

Additionally, Pompompurin has been associated with the Infragard incident, a program managed by the FBI that aims to increase knowledge of both physical and cyber risks to governmental entities and private businesses.

The Cybercrime Legacy of BreachForums

Aside from the aforementioned hacks, Pompompurin has been connected to several other high-profile cybercrimes. 

In 2021, he was linked to the Robinhood breach, which exposed the personal information of millions of users. In November 2022, he was implicated in the leak of Twitter user handles and email addresses.

Recently, BreachForums was involved in a breach of DC Health Link, a healthcare marketplace utilized by numerous US politicians and government staff members. 

Additionally, the hacking community targeted Australian telecommunications company Optus.

The Future of BreachForums and Fitzpatrick’s Legal Battle

Despite Fitzpatrick’s arrest, a recent post on BreachForums suggests that the site will continue to operate under new ownership. 

However, the future of the notorious hacking forum remains uncertain as the investigation continues.

Fitzpatrick secured a release with a $300,000 bond on Thursday and has an upcoming court appearance in Virginia set for March 24th.  

As the case unfolds, it will be crucial to monitor the legal proceedings and their potential impact on the cybersecurity landscape.

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Alexander Sterling

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