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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen have been jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen charge card information along with data accustomed to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted as the administrator of an online site that provided stolen personal data as well as other services to be utilized for cybercrime, a US Department of Justice release states.
One-stop cybercrime platform
As previously reported by The Daily Swig, world market url – http://khoquet.com/blog/2071967/the-little-known-secrets-to-world-market-url/ the now-defunct website – Deer.io – hosted nearly 2,000 illicit websites making approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, and also the private data of US citizens not limited to names, current addresses, contact numbers, and at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was published as early as October 2013 and was banned following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation during 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 while he built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search system for stolen US accounts and knowledge,” the discharge reads.
“Though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io was not cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was run out of Russia, and American police could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals across the globe,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends an email – conducting criminal activity external the United States does not necessarily mean you are out of reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside the cyber-sphere, regardless of where they operate, and try to bring them to justice in a very United States court.”
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