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Darknet BreachForums Gains New Subscribers

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Jul 12, 2023
Darknet BreachForums Gains New Subscribers

As of June 14, the revived BreachForums has gained more than 1,500 members, with hundreds of daily visitors. Although the new site has been active for just a week, it pales in comparison to its predecessor, which had over 340,000 members prior to its closure.

Revival of BreachForums under ShinyHunters’ Guidance

To entice users, the new site offers the restoration of former members’ rankings displayed on their profile pages, subject to review by the current administrators.

Reemerging under the guidance of the hacker group ShinyHunters, the new owners of BreachForums seem to have collaborated with Baphomet, the former chief administrator of the forum. Baphomet assumed the responsibility of keeping the site operational after the arrest of Pompompourin, the founder and owner, by the FBI. Fearing law enforcement’s access to their servers, Baphomet eventually shut down the forum.

In early June, VX-Underground, a specialized resource for malware storage and distribution, reported that BreachForums, previously shut down in March, was on the verge of resuming activities under the leadership of the notorious hacker group ShinyHunters.

ShinyHunters has gained notoriety for their involvement in stealing and selling user data from various platforms. They have claimed responsibility for several high-profile data breaches, including Tokopedia, Wattpad, Pixlr, Bonobos, BigBasket, Mathway, Unacademy, and Microsoft’s GitHub account.

Originally established as an alternative and successor to RaidForums, BreachForums (Breached) served as a cybercrime forum from 2022 to 2023. It provided a platform for discussions on hacking-related topics, data leak distribution, pornography, hacking tools, and other related services.

After the closure of RaidForums, users migrated to a new forum called Breached (BreachForums), but it also met its end in March 2023 following the arrest of Pompous by the FBI. Another administrator, concerned about potential law enforcement access to their servers, made the decision to shut down the forum.