The FBI arrested one Russian national who is said to be behind it Deer.io, one platform type of Shopify hosting online stores, in which The hackers advertise and sell accounts that have been violated and stolen information users.
The suspect is named Kirill Victorovich Firsov and was arrested from the FBI on Saturday, March 7, at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.
According to their officials USA, Firsov has been running the Deer.io platform since October 2013, when it started operating.
The site allows users to host online stores for about $ 12 / month. According to the information, Deer.io is hosted more than 24.000 stores and has brought in over $ 17 million.
FBI: Deer.io platform is mainly used for cybercrime
The FBI says it has searched more than 250 online stores hosted on Deer.io. These stores were selling access to hacked accounts and servers and various personal information such as names, social security numbers, dates of birth and addresses.
Officials said they were able to purchase various data from stores hosted on Deer.io, confirming that Deer.io stores were selling genuine information, not fake ones. data.
The FBI claims that Firsov was well aware that their clients were cybercriminals, after himself regularly advertised Deer.io in hacking forums.
Well known platform
Firsov's arrest is no surprise to those involved in the industry security in cyberspace. The Deer.io platform was referred to as a haven for crime in an exhibition in 2016.
At that time, Firsov had not admitted to selling stolen goods data.
"Deer.io operates in accordance with the laws of the Russian Federation," the platform administrator said in 2016.
“Our customers can set up shops that do not violate the laws of the Russian Federation. We do not allow stores that sell drug / stolen bank accounts. We will also block any store requested by the competent authorities of the Russian Federation. ”
Firsov will be arraigned in a New York court later this week, where he will be formally charged with assisting criminals selling stolen information.
Currently, the platform is still running.