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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen personal data of US citizens online
A Russian citizen continues to be jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen credit-based card information and various data accustomed to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted as the administrator of an internet site that provided stolen personal data and other services to 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 around 2,000 illicit internet retailers generating approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, plus the sensitive information of US citizens not limited to names, current addresses, cellular phone, as well as times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io premiered since October 2013 and was turned off following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation during which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts and also the private data for 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 the working platform for stolen US accounts and data,” the release reads.
“Although 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 globally,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, world market url (http://jitps.ui.ac.id/index.php/Tourism/comment/view/201/0/173916 – http://jitps.ui.ac.id/index.php/Tourism/comment/view/201/0/173916) Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends some text – conducting criminal activity from outside the United States doesn’t imply you happen to be beyond reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and work to bring the crooks to justice inside of a United States court.”
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