FBI Takes Down Notorious BreachForums Hacking Platform

The FBI, in a global operation with international partners, has struck a significant blow to the cybercrime underground with the seizure of BreachForums. This notorious hacking forum, known for facilitating the trading and leaking of stolen corporate data, is now under the control of law enforcement.

BreachForums wasn’t the first, nor the last, in a chain of similar platforms. It emerged as the successor to RaidForums. The authorities seized  it in 2022 after becoming a haven for data breaches and ransomware operations.

BreachForums quickly gained traction, attracting cybercriminals and allowing them to:

  • Leak and Sell Stolen Data: From healthcare providers like D.C. Health Link to major corporations like AT&T and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, stolen data from various breaches found its way onto BreachForums.
  • Brag About Cybercrime: The forum became a platform for cybercriminals to boast about their exploits and activities.
  • Trade Illegal Services: From access credentials to hacking tools, BreachForums offered a marketplace for various illicit cybercrime services.

FBI Takes Down Notorious BreachForums Hacking Platform

Recent events may have tipped the scales for law enforcement. A leak of data stolen from Europol’s Platform for Experts (EPE) portal, allegedly by a threat actor known as IntelBroker, seems to have been the final act that triggered the crackdown.

On Wednesday morning, the FBI took down the website and potentially gained access to its backend data. This data could include email addresses, IP addresses, and private messages, potentially exposing forum members and aiding investigations.

The seizure message displayed on BreachForums confirms law enforcement’s control and urges victims and individuals with information about the forum or its members to come forward. Additionally, the FBI has seized the BreachForums Telegram channel and other channels linked to the forum administrators.

The FBI is actively seeking information from victims and the public. Dedicated channels have been established through email, Telegram, TOX, and a webpage hosted on the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) for reporting information.

The takedown of BreachForums disrupts a major illicit marketplace for cybercriminals. It signifies law enforcement’s ongoing efforts to counter cybercrime operations. However, with the constant evolution of cybercriminal tactics, this might be just one battle won in a larger war.

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The demise of BreachForums doesn’t necessarily spell the end of such platforms. New forums might emerge, forcing law enforcement to remain vigilant and proactive in their efforts to combat cybercrime.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the ever-present threat of cybercrime. Organizations and individuals must remain vigilant in protecting their data by implementing robust security measures. It also highlights the crucial role of international cooperation in tackling cybercrime operations that transcend geographical boundaries.

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Onsa Mustafa

Onsa is a Software Engineer and a tech blogger who focuses on providing the latest information regarding the innovations happening in the IT world. She likes reading, photography, travelling and exploring nature.

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