Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private data of US citizens online
A Russian citizen is jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen credit-based card information and various data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted for the reason that administrator of a web site that provided stolen information that is personal as well as other services to be used 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 online retailers which made approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, along with the private information of US citizens not tied to names, current addresses, cellular phone, possibly at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was introduced who are only October 2013 and was turned off following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation in which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts as well as the private data more than 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts because built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search the working platform for stolen US accounts and information,” the production reads.
“Although it sold stolen accounts, deer.io has not been cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was deplete all of your Russia, and American law enforcement officials could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals around the world market url (www.onthedarkweb.com),” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a phone message – conducting criminal activity external to the United States doesn’t imply you’re out of reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors within the cyber-sphere, no matter where they operate, and try to bring the theifs to justice in the United States court.”