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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen may be jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen debit card information along with other data utilized to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted since the administrator of a site that provided stolen private information along with services to be played with for cybercrime, World Market Darknet – http://kasrpsychiatry.com/?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&task=user&id=851021 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 which made approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, plus the sensitive information of US citizens not limited by names, current addresses, numbers, as well as times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was launched around October 2013 and was banned following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation by which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts and also the personal data for upwards of 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts because he built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search the platform for stolen US accounts and knowledge,” the production reads.
“Even though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io had not been cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was depletes Russia, and American police officers could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals globally,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends an email – conducting criminal activity external to the United States does not necessarily mean you will be outside of reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside the cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and try to bring these phones justice in a very United States court.”
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