Security News > 2023 > March > Pompompurin Unmasked: Infamous BreachForums Mastermind Arrested in New York
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."
"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, the suspect identified himself as Conor Brian Fitzpatrick and that he admitted to being the owner of the BreachForums website.
BreachForums emerged last year three weeks after a coordinated law enforcement operation seized control of RaidForums in March 2022.
"In the threat actor's welcoming thread, 'pompompurin' stated that they had created BreachForums as an alternative to RaidForums but that it was 'not affiliated with RaidForums in any capacity,'" cybersecurity firm Flashpoint said at the time.
In the wake of Fitzpatrick's arrest, another forum user named Baphomet said they were taking ownership of the website, noting that there is no evidence of "Access or modifications to Breached infra."