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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 bank card information and other data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted since the administrator of an internet site . that provided stolen private data 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 nearly 2,000 illicit online stores making it approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, as well as sensitive information of US citizens not limited to names, current addresses, phone numbers, and at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was already released as early as October 2013 and was turn off following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation by which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts and the private information over 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 prestashop for stolen US accounts and data,” the production reads.
“Community . sold stolen accounts, deer.io was not cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was deplete all of your Russia, and American police could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals throughout the world market onion – http://turbomaxturbos.com/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=2770960,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a phone message – conducting criminal activity from outside the United States doesn’t mean you might be outside of reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors in the cyber-sphere, no matter where they operate, and work to bring those to justice in a United States court.”
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