In a turn of events, the administrator of BreachForums, Baphomet, said that the hacking forum has been officially taken down. Baphomet noted in a message that "You are allowed to hate me, and disagree with my decision but I promise what is to come will be better for us all." The shutdown is suspected to have been prompted by suspicions that law enforcement may have obtained access to the site's configurations, source code, and information about the forum's users. This follows the arrest of its administrator Conor Brian Fitzpatrick (aka "pompompurin"), who has been charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud. BreachForums filled the void left by RaidForums last year, becoming a lucrative destination to purchase and sell stolen databases from various companies and organizations. But with the shuttering of BreachForums, the move could spur cybercriminals to migrate to underground forums to peddle their warez. This also comes as Telegram continues to be a hub for cybercrime activities, facilitating the sale of malware, personal and corporate data dumps, and other illicit goods such as counterfeits and drugs.
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