Russian cybercriminal Kirill Victorovich Firsov received a 30-month sentence and will be deported from the United States for running the now-defunct DEER.IO website, the Justice Department said.
The 30-year-old Muscovite has been incarcerated in the United States since March 2020, when he was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after the FBI said he was using the site to buy stolen data.
In a plea agreement filed in federal court in San Diego, Firsov admitted that prosecutors could have shown that DEER.IO had facilitated at least $ 1.2 million in sales of stolen information in the United States.
“This platform provided cybercriminals with easy access to the personal accounts and information of people around the world, including Americans,” Acting US Attorney Randy Grossman said of the site.
“Stopping that flow of information stolen from criminals is critical to addressing the cybercrime threats facing our country, and we will prosecute those responsible,” he said in a statement.
Launched in late 2013, DEER.IO rented space on its site for cybercriminals to sell illegal products and services. Firsov admitted in the plea deal that he was his administrator until his arrest.
DEER.IO went offline a couple of weeks after Firsov’s arrest. At the time, the site had approximately 3,000 active stores with sales exceeding $ 17 million, it acknowledged in the plea deal.
In previous court filings, the government said that FBI agents had used DEER.IO to buy stolen data, including the personal information of more than 3,600 Americans. Firsov was arrested shortly after.
Firsov had faced a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000.
Igor Litvak, his attorney, told The Washington Times that he believes the 30-month sentence his client received was too harsh.
“The sentence itself is not a fair sentence,” Litvak said in an email. “The time served would have been a fair and reasonable sentence, which would have amounted to 15 months. Mr. Firsov and I do not believe that the Court has adequately assessed his role within DEER.IO or the crime. “
The Justice Department announced Firsov’s sentence in a press release Monday, although court records from that hearing were not publicly available online until Tuesday.
Firsov acknowledged in the plea agreement, filed in January, that a conviction meant he was guaranteed to be deported. He is currently incarcerated in a private prison in San Diego, his attorney said.
In handing down her sentence, US District Judge Cynthia Bashant noted that Firsov would likely be jailed while awaiting deportation proceedings, the Justice Department said.