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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen personal information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen has been jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen credit card information and various data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted because administrator of a site that provided stolen personal information along with services for use 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 internet retailers which made approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, as well as the personal information of US citizens not restricted to names, current addresses, telephone numbers, world market onion (archiefwiki.pleio.nl – https://archiefwiki.pleio.nl/wiki/Gebruiker:LawrenceKnowlton) as well as at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was introduced as soon as October 2013 and was de-activate following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation where the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts plus the personal data more than 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts as he built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search system for stolen US accounts and data,” the discharge reads.
“Though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io had not been cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was exhaust Russia, and American law enforcement officials could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals globally,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a note – conducting criminal activity external the United States doesn’t mean you’re outside of reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and try to bring those to justice within a United States court.”
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