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August 21, 2021 at 9:41 am #141841alanbachmeier3Guest
Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen sensitive information of US citizens online
A Russian citizen have been jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen plastic card information and various data helpful to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted since the administrator of an internet site . that provided stolen private data and various 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 an estimated 2,000 illicit online shops making approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, as well as the sensitive information of US citizens not limited by names, current addresses, telephone numbers, and also at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was launched since 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 plus the private information for over 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 the working platform for stolen US accounts and data,” the release reads.
“Even though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io was not cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was exhaust Russia, and American police officers could gain no foothold.”
‘Sending a message’
“The FBI will pursue cybercriminals throughout the world market onion,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
“Today’s sentence sends some text – conducting criminal activity externally the United States does not necessarily mean you might be out of reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and work to bring these to justice inside a United States court.”
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