MILLIONS of Roblox players have been warned about a vicious hack capable of stealing personal data.
The security alert is particularly concerning given how many kids are part of the popular online platform.
Experts claim they found a dodgy Trojan file which can wreak havoc on users’ PCs.
But Roblox has hit back at the report, calling it “misleading” because it is an issue with a third party programme and not them.
It’s called Synapse X and used for cheat codes.
Once a backdoor is installed, a hacker can break applications, as well as destroy or take your data.
Avanan, who found the exploit, said it was discovered in a customer’s OneDrive and it is possible the customer “uploaded it by mistake”.
“Beyond the ability to break applications and listen to files, what’s particularly concerning about this attack is the fact that Roblox is primarily played by kids,” the firm warned.
“That means that it can easily be installed on a personal computer, which might have little or no antivirus protection.”
Experts said it poses a risk to businesses too with so many working from home now.
“It’s not unreasonable to think that kids might play Roblox on their parent’s computer and install the file,” the company continued.
“This malicious file perfectly illustrates the importance of zero-trust security.
“In this disparate, work-from-home era, threats are everywhere–including in children’s games.”
Avanan said it has been in touch with Roblox about the problem.
Roblox told The Sun: “This report represents a misleading picture of this exploit, which is in Synapse X, not Roblox.
“Using third party services to circumvent specific systems is also against our Terms of Service.
“Roblox maintains many systems to keep our users safe and secure, and we prohibit attempts to bypass these systems or otherwise violate our platform requirements.”
Users have been advised not to download files from dodgy websites and make sure they use malware scanning tools on file-sharing apps like OneDrive or Google Drive.
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