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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private data of US citizens online
A Russian citizen has been jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen credit card information along with other data employed to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted as being the administrator of a site that provided stolen personal information and also 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, the now-defunct website – Deer.io – hosted about 2,000 illicit internet retailers making it approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, along with the private data of US citizens not confined to names, current addresses, telephone numbers, and at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was released as small as 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 personal data upwards of 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and world market url – https://pathta.jp/user/profile/16517813 counterfeit accounts when he built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search the working platform for stolen US accounts and data,” the release reads.
“Even though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io wasn’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 worldwide,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a communication – conducting criminal activity external the United States doesn’t mean you will be from reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors within the cyber-sphere, no matter where they operate, and work to bring the crooks to justice in a United States court.”
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