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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 bank card information and various data accustomed to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted because administrator of a web site that provided stolen sensitive information as well as other 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 nearly 2,000 illicit online shops and made approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, as well as personal data of US citizens not restricted to names, current addresses, cell phone numbers, at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was already released around October 2013 and was power down following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation through which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts as well as sensitive information for upwards of 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts because built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search the woking platform for stolen US accounts and data,” the production reads.
“Although it sold stolen accounts, deer.io hasn’t been cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was use up all your Russia, and American police force could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals throughout the world market onion – https://bjlist.org/user/profile/124653,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a note – conducting criminal activity external the United States does not always mean you happen to be beyond reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors within the cyber-sphere, where ever they operate, and work to bring those to justice in a United States court.”
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