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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen sensitive information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen has become jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen bank card information along with other data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted as being the administrator of an internet site that provided stolen information that is personal along with services to be used 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 stores and created approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, as well as the information that is personal of US citizens not limited by names, current addresses, phone numbers, and at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was already released as soon as October 2013 and was turned off following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation through which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts and the information that is personal for upwards of 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 the system for stolen US accounts and knowledge,” the production reads.
“Even though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io wasn’t cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was depletes Russia, and American police force could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals around the world market darknet – https://bjlist.org/user/profile/124653,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a message – conducting criminal activity from the outside the United States does not mean that you are beyond reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors from the cyber-sphere, regardless of where they operate, and try to bring the theifs to justice inside of a United States court.”
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