Tensions are running high at Roblox headquarters, as a recent data theft deprived the platform of more than 4 gigabytes of sensitive documentation. The pirates then added insult to injury by post your loot on a forum. The motive for the massive theft of digital information is suspected to be an extortion attempt.
Roblox is an incredibly popular cash grab with an estimated value of over $65 billion. According to internal analyses, more than 50% minors in the United States are active Roblox players. Roblox has a unique, somewhat lazy, and definitely controversial business model in which players – mostly minors – create their own games.
Players can then also implement various microtransactions in their games with the aim of monetizing them. That way, the gamers do the actual work, and the company exists simply to cash in on the creativity of its gamer base.
This hack is particularly problematic because of the information the hackers were able to obtain. The documentation in question is mostly comprised of critical information on some of Roblox’s most successful games, including the identification data and e-mail addresses from the creators behind the biggest games on the platform. Games that are, in many cases, created by minors.
The news for the first time on Vice, where Roblox stated that “Roblox actively investigated a phishing incident involving a Roblox employee targeted by cybercriminals”. These stolen documents were obtained illegally as part of a extortion scheme with whom we refused to cooperate.
Roblox was reportedly quick to respond to the attack. “We acted quickly upon learning of the incident, engaged independent experts to complement our information security team, and tuned our systems to seek to detect and prevent similar attempts.”
In the aftermath of the attack, many users faced major breakdowns trying to play Roblox. Although this is not a new problem. After all, outages and subsequent Google search queries as to the nature, duration and solution thereof are the main reason why Roblox is the most searched game in the world right now.
We can only hope that Roblox does a better job of protecting the private information of its remaining creators.