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FBI Seizes Hacker Forum BreachForums – Again | TechCrunch

The FBI, along with a coalition of international law enforcement agencies, seized the notorious cybercrime forum BreachForums on Wednesday.

For years, BreachForums has been a popular English-language forum for hackers and cybercriminals looking to advertise, sell and trade stolen data. Recently, a threat actor advertised the theft of Dell customers’ personal information and data from a Europol portal.

BreachForums has proven resilient. Last year, authorities seized an earlier version of the website, three months after the arrest of its administrator, Conor Brian Fitzpatrick, aka Pompompurin. After that, someone using the online name Baphomet took over the website, which the FBI said had three different domains last year, and rebuilt it.

The FBI and Justice Department did not respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment.

Unlike the previous website seizure, this time the authorities also took control of the forum’s official Telegram channel as well as the channel of the site administrator Baphomet.

Both Telegram channels displayed the same message from the FBI, saying it had taken control and was “reviewing the site’s backend data.”

“If you would like to report information about cybercriminal activity on BreachForums, please contact us,” the message ended, with a link to a special FBI website where victims and forum members send the federal agency information about the former cybercrime forum can.

“From June 2023 to May 2024, BreachForums (hosted at breakforums.st/.cx/.is/.vc and operated by ShinyHunters) operated as a transparent marketplace for cybercriminals to buy, sell and trade contraband, including stolen access devices, means of identification, Hacking tools, hacked databases and other illegal services,” the FBI wrote on the website.

ShinyHunters, another BreachForums administrator, did not return a Telegram message seeking comment.

At this point, it is unclear how the authorities took control of the Telegram channels. One possibility is that the FBI arrested Baphomet and took control of his devices, or that Telegram was responding to a legal order from the authorities.

Telegram did not respond to a request for comment.

Fitzpatrick, the former administrator of BreachForums, pleaded guilty last July.

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