Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen private information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen continues to be jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen plastic card information along with other data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted since the administrator of an internet site . that provided stolen information that is personal 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 nearly 2,000 illicit online shops which made approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, along with the personal data of US citizens not limited to names, current addresses, cell phone numbers, as well as at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was introduced since October 2013 and was banned following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation in which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts along with the private data over 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts when he built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search the woking platform for stolen US accounts and information,” the discharge reads.
“Although it sold stolen accounts, deer.io isn’t 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 throughout the world market darknet,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends a message – conducting criminal activity from external the United States does not always mean you will be beyond reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors from the cyber-sphere, no matter where they operate, and try to bring these to justice inside a United States court.”