Expert Comment: Roblox Accounts Targeted By Pro-Trump Hacking Campaign

In response to reports that Roblox accounts are targeted by a hacking campaign supporting President Trump for the upcoming November U.S. Presidential elections, a cybersecurity expert offers perspective.

 

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Jake Moore
Jake Moore , Cybersecurity Specialist
InfoSec Expert
July 3, 2020 4:31 pm

Cybersecurity plays a bigger role than ever in the upcoming election. The US election has always been a honeypot for criminal hackers all over the world and each campaign becomes a bigger target and threat. This latest defacement also shows that it is not just the political parties themselves that become a hotbed for cyberattacks but in fact any site can be attacked for the purpose of a message reaching the masses.

It is yet another reminder to increase vigilance and security and avoid being used for political gain.

Last edited 2 years ago by Jake Moore
Chris Hauk
Chris Hauk , Consumer Privacy Champion
InfoSec Expert
July 1, 2020 11:10 am

No matter your political leanings, hacks like this emphasize the dangers of allowing your kids to play online without proper supervision. If hackers can do this, they could include any kind of message in a game, possibly promoting materials that are definitely not safe for children.

Last edited 2 years ago by Chris Hauk
Paul Bischoff
Paul Bischoff , Privacy Advocate
InfoSec Expert
July 1, 2020 11:05 am

Politics aside, the big question here is how did hackers manage to access these accounts? A data breach and credential stuffing both seem plausible. Either way, Roblox users should change their passwords. If they\’re using the same password on any other account, those passwords should be changed to something unique to that account.

Last edited 2 years ago by Paul Bischoff
Chris Clements
Chris Clements , VP
InfoSec Expert
July 1, 2020 11:01 am

We expect to see continued escalation of politically motivated hacking as the 2020 presidential election draws closer. These types of hacking campaigns are opportune and indiscriminate in nature. Cybercriminals don’t care about the value of the target, only that they are able to spread their political agendas as far and wide as possible. Online games unfortunately fit nicely into the sights of politically motivated attackers as they often have audiences of millions and are not the subject of security scrutiny that say a bank or ecommerce platform regularly face.

Last edited 2 years ago by Chris Clements
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