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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen personal information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen continues to be jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen credit-based card information as well as other data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted because administrator of an online site that provided stolen private data and other services to be played with 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 approximately 2,000 illicit internet retailers generating approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, along with the private data of US citizens not on a names, current addresses, numbers, as well as times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was already released who are only October 2013 and was turn off following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation when the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts as well as the private data for more than 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 system for stolen US accounts and data,” the making reads.
“Although 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 law enforcement could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals throughout the world market url,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a communication – conducting criminal activity from the outside the United States does not always mean you are out from reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside the cyber-sphere, regardless of where they operate, and try to bring these to justice inside a United States court.”August 16, 2021 at 6:38 am #526376