Among Us Players Spammed By Pro-Trump Hacker
Days after AOC’s successful Twitch stream of Among Us, online players faced a bombardment of harassment from a pro-Trump hacker on the game.
Days after Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s inaugural Twitch stream landed nearly 450,000 peak viewers, Among Us gamers were hacked online by a pro-Trump hacker.
Users reported the issue to Among Us game developer, Inner Sloth, who pushed out an emergency server update to combat it, as reported by Forbes.
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We’re are super duper aware of the current hacking issue and we’re looking into it. We will be pushing out an emergency server update so people who are in game will get kicked from games. Please play private games or with people that you trust!!! Bare with us!!
— InnerSloth (@InnerslothDevs) October 23, 2020
Inner Sloth tweeted to users that they were “super duper aware of the current hacking issue,” and asked gamers to proceed meanwhile in playing private online games only with users that they know and trust as they looked into the issue further.
The hacker who went by the name of Eris Loris was causing issues in-game on Oct. 22 and well into the evening of Oct. 23, as reported by Forbes. The user claimed to be able to kill devices remotely if users didn’t click on Discord or YouTube links sent to them.
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Individual players complained to the game developer that Loris was bombarding their chats with messages threatening users to support Trump or have their phone hacked. Other users took to Twitter to share their frustrations with the attack — and the server update needed to help — that kicked them out of their games through the Twitter hashtag, #AmongUs.
Players believed that this hack happening days after Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s successful Twitch stream is no coincidence, with some users calling the behavior “petty” and others confused about how being hacked would inspire them to support Trump.
Has anyone been getting hacked by Eris Loris? They literally hacking to get subscribers. Like that is actually stupid. They even support trump. Imagine trying to hack an among us server to get more clout. Ummmm…
This is how I feel about them
— Fuyuka Kita (@kita_fuyuka) October 23, 2020
Other gamers called the user’s bluff and proceeded to dox the user on Twitter; although, there’s been no confirmation if this dox is correct as it doesn’t seem like the Twitter user that’s believed to be Eris Loris has replied to any direct messages or tweets sent their way.
As of this writing, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez still held the largest Twitch stream of any politician thus far on the gaming platform. The intent behind the stream was multi-pronged. She used it as a way to rally younger votes for Joe Biden in the United States’ upcoming presidential election and as a way to speak to them directly about their concerns. She met younger voters where they’re at, in-game, and listened to what issues are on their minds. She also helped new voters establish a voting plan amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2018’s midterm election. She took office at the age of 29, becoming the youngest woman to serve in the United States Congress. She is currently running for reelection against Republican John Cummings and write-in candidate Antoine Tucker. She identifies as a Democratic-Socialist.
Developed and published by InnerSloth, Among Us is available on Android, iOS and Microsoft Windows.
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Cass started writing for Comic Book Resources’ news team in 2016, but took a brief hiatus to board Serenity for locations unknown. As of 2020, she’s returned from her secret ventures to re-board the CBR-ship as a Nightly News Editor. Cass has an MFA from Emerson College in Creative Writing with a focus in Fiction and a BA in English Literature from Suffolk University. Her work has been previously published at B*tch Flicks, Electric Literature, Catapult, Pithead Chapel and other sites. Her favorite comic-book series is Alias, and her favorite superhero movie is Blade II.
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