Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen personal 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 data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted because the administrator of a website that provided stolen private information and various 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 around 2,000 illicit internet retailers making approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, as well as the private data of US citizens not restricted to names, current addresses, contact numbers, at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was launched since October 2013 and was turn off following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation when the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts and the private information for 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 woking platform for stolen US accounts and knowledge,” the production reads.
“Eventhough it sold stolen accounts, deer.io wasn’t cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was exhaust Russia, and American police force could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals around the world Market url (https://wiki.berkeleymorris.Org/User:ZacharyTrost27),” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a message – conducting criminal activity from outside the United States doesn’t imply that you are away from reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and work to bring those to justice in the United States court.”