The FBI has arrested Russian national Kirill Victorovich Firsov for his role in the operation of the criminal eCommerce sire deer[dot]io. Deer[dot]io operated similarly to legitimate eCommerce platforms like Shopify, which allows users to create and operate their own shops to sell goods and services to others. Mr. Firsov claims that the site was a legitimate business operation; however, according to the FBI complaint the site was utilized almost entirely for cybercriminal activity. According to the criminal complaint, since 2013 Mr. Firsov took in “at least” $17 million USD from the operation of the site. Mr. Firsov was arrested over the weekend at John F. Kennedy Airport.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased