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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private data of US citizens online
A Russian citizen may be jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen charge card information along with other data familiar with fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted because the administrator of an online site that provided stolen private information and also 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 online stores generating approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, and the information that is personal of US citizens not limited by names, current addresses, cell phone numbers, possibly at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was launched as soon as October 2013 and was power down following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation in which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts as well as personal information 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 system for stolen US accounts and knowledge,” the production reads.
“Even though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io isn’t cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was run out of Russia, and American law enforcement officials could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals around the world market darknet – https://dosug-sochi.ru/user/profile/174373,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends some text – conducting criminal activity from outside the United States does not mean you might be beyond reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside the cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and work to bring the crooks to justice in a very United States court.”
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