Hackers have targeted Robolox profiles for supporting Trump in 2020 Presidential Election Campaign
Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system that allows users to program games and play games created by other users. Founded by David Baszucki and Erik Cassel in 2004 and officially released in 2006, the platform hosts user-created games in many genres, such as racing games, role-playing games, simulations, and obstacle courses, coded in the programming language Lua. Roblox is free-to-play, with in-game purchases available through a virtual currency called “Robux”.
A group of hackers posing as the representatives of the company assigned with the task of promoting the Trump 2020 Election Campaign have been fraudulently targeting the users of Roblox Game by urging them to vote for US President Donald Trump in the US 2020 Polls.
According to Cybersecurity Insiders, nearly 1,200 Roblox accounts were fraudulently intercepted by a hacking group who were flooding the popular children’s gaming platform with the propaganda filled with an Avatar wearing MAGA signs and urging the parents of the kids to “Vote for Trump this year !#MAGA 2020”.
For those who are not tuned into American news, George Floyd, an African-American was killed in custody when on-duty police officer Derek Chauvin applied a choke-hold on him. The custodial killing of George Floyd has sparked riots in the whole of America since the last month. The protests and arson spread to cities large and small, including Ferguson, Mo., which was rocked by violent protests in 2014 after a white police officer shot and killed a young black man, Michael Brown.
The justice campaign going on around the US has made it look like the current US President Donald Trump has lost many of its followers, and maybe many votes for the upcoming elections. Users of the online multiplayer game complained their profiles were hacked with the message: “Ask your parents to vote for Trump this year!” and “MAGA2020”, an abbreviation of Make America Great Again.
Roblox has more than 100 million users worldwide. It is marketed at children aged between 9 and 14. Players have reported that in-game messages have been sent from the hacked profiles to the account holders’ friends, urging them to support Trump in the November vote.
The message is being posted in the “About” field of the main profile page related to the player replacing the original biography. According to the reports, hackers successfully hacked 500 profiles within 7 days that started in June, and now the numbers have doubled to 1200+ profiles that are displaying the message.
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