Hacker bribed ‘Roblox’ Employee to steal data of 100 million users of the popular online game
If you play or have used Roblox to create a game, your user account could be exposed due to a hack. According to reports, the popular online gaming platform was hacked and hackers could have stolen data of nearly 100 million Roblox users.
The significant fact behind this massive hack is that the hackers bribed a customer support representative of Roblox to get access to the back end customer support panel which gave them access to the full user database.
According to Motherboard, an unknown hacker bribed a Roblox worker to gain access to the back end customer The access gave them the ability to look up personal information on over 100 million active monthly users and grant virtual in-game currency.
With this access, the unknown hackers can exploit users’ email addresses, as well as change passwords, remove two-factor authentication from the users’ accounts, ban users, etc. The screenshots shared with Motherboard show that the hackers have access to the personal information of some of the most high profile users on the platform. One of the screenshots shared by the hacker shows the personal information of YouTuber Linkmon99.
What is Roblox?
Roblox is an online game platform and game creation system that allows users to design their own games and play games created by other users. The platform hosts user-created games and virtual worlds covering a wide variety of genres, from traditional racing and role-playing games to simulations and obstacle courses.
Roblox is available for multiplatform devices like PC, Xbox, and smartphones. Roblox also allows gamers to monetize their games by letting users buy game-passes to access more powers and abilities, or they can purchase cosmetic items for their character with in-game currency. Roblox allows the game developers to cash-out and earn real money from their creations.
Roblox has over 100 million monthly active users whose emails and other personal identifiable information could be exposed in the hack.
The worrying factor of this Roblox hack is that the hackers could have access to details of thousands of children. Roblox is very popular among a large audience of minors hence the hackers could have access to their data and may misuse this data for malicious purposes.
Roblox is individually notifying the breach victims and says that “small number of users were impacted”. It has also notified HackerOne for suggesting additional measures to prevent future breaches.