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Deer.io takedown: Russian citizen jailed for selling stolen information that is personal of US citizens online
A Russian citizen has become jailed for 30 months for world market url (cgi.www5c.biglobe.ne.jp – http://cgi.www5c.biglobe.ne.jp/~mokada/cgi-bin/g_book.cgi) his role in selling stolen debit card information and other data used to fuel further criminal activity.
Kirill Victorovich Firsov, 30, from Moscow, acted because the administrator of a site that provided stolen information that is personal along with other services to use 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 internet vendors and created 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 by names, current addresses, contact numbers, at times Social Security numbers.
Deer.io premiered around October 2013 and was turned off following Firsov’s arrest in March 2020 after an operation by which the FBI purchased 1,100 gamer accounts as well as personal data more than 3,600 Americans.
The prosecutor asserted that Firsov knew deer.io was selling stolen and counterfeit accounts as they built the platform.
“Also, deer.io was easily searchable, so anyone – including Firsov – could search the platform for stolen US accounts and data,” the production reads.
“Just about the most sold stolen accounts, deer.io had not been cloaked in secrecy and required no special password for access, because everything was use up all your Russia, and American law enforcement officials 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 an email – conducting criminal activity external the United States does not necessarily mean you will be from reach.
“The FBI will identify and pursue criminal actors inside cyber-sphere, no matter where they operate, and try to bring the theifs to justice in a United States court.”
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