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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen has been jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen charge card information along with data helpful to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted as being the administrator of an internet site . that provided stolen private data and other services to be utilized for cybercrime, a US Department of Justice release states.
One-stop cybercrime platform
As previously reported by The Daily Swig, the now-defunct website – Deer.io – hosted a projected 2,000 illicit online shops which made approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, plus the personal data of US citizens not limited to names, current addresses, phone numbers, and at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was introduced since October 2013 and was power down following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation in which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts and the sensitive information for upwards of 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts while he built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search the system for stolen US accounts and information,” the discharge reads.
“Though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io has not been cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was exhaust Russia, and American police could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals across the world market onion – https://www.boind.co.kr/board/81438,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends some text – conducting criminal activity from outside the United States doesn’t mean you’re out from reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors from the cyber-sphere, where ever they operate, and try to bring them to justice inside a United States court.”
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