The FBI arrested Kirill Victorovich Firsov, the alleged main operator behind Deer.io which is a Shopify-like platform that has been hosting hundreds of online shops used for the sale of hacked accounts and stolen user data. Crooks ware paying around $12/month to open their online store on the platform. The Russian man also advertised the platform on other hacking forums.
The Russian citizen claimed to have hosted more than 24,000 online stores and more than $17 million.
“The stores were offering for sale a variety hacked and/or compromised U.S.
“Thus far, law enforcement has found no legitimate business advertising its services and/or products through a DEER.IO storefront.”
The DEER.IO online stores are maintained on Russian-controlled bullet-proof infrastructure.
Feds reviewed approximately 250 DEER.IO store used by hackers to offer for sale thousands of compromised accounts, including
FBI agents successfully purchased hacked data from some stores hosted on the Deer.io platform, offered data were authentic according to the feds.
“On or about March 4, 2020, the FBI purchased approximately 1,100 gamer accounts from the DEER.IO store ACCOUNTS-MARKET
“Out of the 1,100 gamer accounts, 249 accounts were hacked Company A accounts. Company A confirmed that if a hacker gains access to the user name and password of a user account, that
At the time of writing, the Deer.io portal was still up and running.