Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen information that is personal of US citizens online
A Russian citizen have been jailed for 30 months for his role in selling stolen bank card information and various data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted since the administrator of a website that provided stolen sensitive information 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 internet vendors and created approximately $17 million during its seven-year operation.
It sold information including gamer account logins, as well as sensitive information of US citizens not on a names, current addresses, contact numbers, at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io was launched who are only October 2013 and world market onion
was de-activate following Firsov's arrest in March 2020 after an operation through which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts and the private data 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 system for stolen US accounts and information," the discharge reads.
"Though it sold stolen accounts, deer.io hasn't 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 globally," said FBI Special Agent in Charge, Suzanne Turner.
"Today's sentence sends a message – conducting criminal activity from the outside the United States doesn't mean you might be from reach.
"The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors while in the cyber-sphere, wherever they operate, and try to bring these phones justice in the United States court."