It’s once again a presidential election year in America – unfortunately – and although campaigns are getting underway in the US, some political slogans have appeared in a particularly unexpected place. Multiple Roblox users have reported their accounts have been hacked and are now being used to send pro-Trump messages to other players.
As reported by BBC News, hackers are changing the affected avatar’s clothing and forcing them to don a hat called The Encierro, which resembles the Trump campaign’s red “Make America Great Again” cap. Hackers are also switching the player’s clothes to either an eagle t-shirt, or a red, white and blue getup. And, once the user has been completely transformed, they can send messages to others on a player’s friend list, such as “ask your parents to vote for Trump this year!” and “MAGA2020”.
There is a terrible event of hacking in the Roblox community in which Roblox accounts are being turned into Trump Advocate Bot Accounts. You can look it up on Twitter. This is true. I have no clue why they would hack accounts to advocate Trump. It’s quite hysterical. pic.twitter.com/IdlhZmBeJG
— anthony (@PirateVikingAnt) June 27, 2020
bruh my roblox got hacked and this is what they did KBNFBJHFKFHKDHDJ AND THEY TEXTED ALL OF MY FRIENDS ?Ask your parents to vote for Trump this year! # MAGA2020? LIKE WHY WOULD YOU HACK ME JUST TO DO THAT pic.twitter.com/zGxFFMHIxP
— gnarly ? (@astralpod) June 26, 2020
@Roblox my friend got hacked by one of these trump supporting bots, can you please look into it and give her the account back? #royalehigh #royalehightrading #roblox #robloxhack #robloxbots #rhtrading #adoptme #adoptmetrading #roblox pic.twitter.com/mAYc3XGEUx
— ?????? ?????? ?? (@Lvnariia) June 27, 2020
Although it may seem somewhat harmless, there is a more serious side to this: Roblox is a huge gaming and game development platform, with 90 million users logging in monthly as of April last year. Many of these players are under 18, with a core demographic of kids aged 9 to 15 – making it a more serious problem when hackers are supposedly targeting kids with political messages.
It seems likely this hack was carried out by trolls or individual Trump supporters rather than the official Trump campaign, although whoever’s doing it has putin some serious effort. The BBC estimates at least 1000 accounts have been affected, a number found by searching the number of hacked profiles indexed by Google. The methods used by hackers are still unknown, although some suspect it’s a case of brute-forcing passwords. Still, it’s a security problem that Roblox will need to investigate. If you’re worried about the security of your account in the meantime, make sure to change your password to something secure, and enable two-factor authentication. And don’t click on any suspicious links sent through the Roblox messaging system, even if it’s from a friend.