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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private data of US citizens online
A Russian citizen have been jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen credit-based card information and other data employed to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted because administrator of an internet site that provided stolen private information and various 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 around 2,000 illicit internet vendors making approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, along with the personal data of US citizens not restricted to names, current addresses, contact numbers, as well as times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was published as small as October 2013 and world market onion – http://www.ruriruri.net/2005/houhu/g_book.cgi/a/g_book.cgi%2Ct.me/s/buybacklinks1 was banned following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation through which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts as well as the sensitive information over 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts when he built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search system for stolen US accounts and data,” the release reads.
“Even though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io hasn’t 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 globally,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends some text – conducting criminal activity external the United States is not to mean you are out from reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and try to bring these to justice in the United States court.”
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