Over 1,000 Profiles Affected
Several accounts in creativity sandbox Roblox have been hacked to display pro-Donald Trump messages. According to the BBC, over 1,000 profiles have been affected by the hack, which changes messages on profiles to things like "Ask your parents to vote for Trump this year!" and "#MAGA2020".
Who is being affected by these Roblox hacks?
A number of Roblox players say that they've been affected by these hacks. Twitter user @astralpod says that their account was hacked and that a text message was sent to all of their friends asking them to vote for Donald Trump. In a similar vein, user @Lvnariia says their friend was hacked by "one of these Trump-supporting bots". According to @Lvnariia, their friend's account was eventually returned, but all of their Robux (Roblox's in-game currency) had been spent. A number of other users have independently corroborated these accounts and related their own experience with the hacks.
In addition to the messages appearing, hacked profiles on Roblox have also had their avatars changed to display clothing close to that identified with the Trump campaign. This includes the red "Running of the Bulls" cap, which looks similar to Trump's signature "Make America Great Again" hat. As well as this hat, some avatars have been changed so that they're wearing a T-shirt with an American eagle design on it.
It's not clear where these hacks are coming from. What is clear is that Roblox will want to get on top of this issue quickly, because this is the second time in as many months that the game has been prominently hacked. The official Roblox Twitter account hasn't tweeted anything acknowledging the issue or declaring how it's going to be fixed. We've reached out to Roblox for official comment on this story and will bring you more as soon as we get it. Until then, it might be worth checking your Roblox account (or your kids' accounts) and making sure that it's safe.
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