Dark Web Operator Charged with Computer Crimes by Federal Agents

Pompompurin’s profile on the BreachFourms website.

Pompompurin’s profile on the BreachFourms website.

Federal agents have arrested Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, a man from Peekskill, New York, who they allege ran the infamous dark web data breach site "BreachForums" under the alias "Pompompurin". Fitzpatrick has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. BreachForums hosts databases stolen from nearly 1,000 companies and websites. The FBI, leading a team of agents in the arrest, said Fitzpatrick admitted to using the alias "Pompompurin" and being the owner and operator of BreachForums. At this time it appears that the Pompompurin account has written that it has been banned.

According to cybersecurity investigators, Fitzpatrick is a key player in the cybercrime ecosystem and has been under close observation for over a year. He was listed among the Peekskill High School Class of 2021 graduates and was born in 2002. The FBI and Homeland Security agents raided his house in Peekskill on Wednesday, and a bag of possible evidence was carried out from the home. Fitzpatrick, who was released on bail, did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and his lawyer declined to comment.

BreachForums was established after RaidForums, its spiritual predecessor, was shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April 2022. Allan Liska, a senior intelligence analyst at cybersecurity company Recorded Future, said, "Breach Forums is one of the most active hacking forums out there. They are known for leaking sensitive information stolen from large organizations around the world, including the Robinhood trading platform and Acer computers."

The charges filed in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, have not been made public. Fitzpatrick is scheduled to appear in court on March 24. The case is U.S. v. Fitzpatrick, 23-cr-2171, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).