The 2012 April Fools Hack was an event that took place on April 1, 2012 that involved the compromising of the ROBLOX website, as well as several site issues, which concluded in the website being taken offline for a brief period of time.
While there was no actual hacking of the website, the event was widely referred to as such during and after it took place.
On April 1, 2012, an unknown user (some sources allege the user is DracoSwordMaster) caused what would become the website's most devastating attack to date. Originally a fallout of a forum argument, it involved the currency system and item catalog, the use of the warning banner, and unauthorized user promotions.
The precursor to the event was a forum discussion that deteriorated into an argument between a Minish and Merely, involving money and the economy of ROBLOX. It is alleged that Minish's account had in fact been taken over by the unknown user. Minish bought Merely's famous Domino Crown afterwards, which was (at the time) Merely's personal favorite catalog item. The forums soon exploded with threads within minutes, and as a result, the two users were each given bans. This would also lead to Merely briefly quitting ROBLOX.
Soon afterwards, users Pheedy and are17, both accounts under the control of the unknown user, became moderators, and used their elevated privledges to unban Minish. The prices of hats in the catalog went down tremendously, and players on the site were stuck with one of two possible situations; one being spontaneously receiving an immense influx of unearned ROBUX, and the other having their ROBUX lost. The warning banner for the top of the site would flicker in a frenzy, changing colors and bestowing objectionable content, examples being "thank you minish for messing up the economy. nub." and "always share your passwords with strangers, kids!".
After some time, Pheedy and are17 had received access to the admin panel. They began to imprint obscene content on the forums. Hats would be released by the minute, often with only two in stock for the price of 1 ROBUX. Some users also reported losing control of their accounts.
Some of the names of the hats were changed, examples such as, Explosive Hair being changed to Rocket Hair, Hooded Spacelord to Noob Hood, and Mementero Mori to Candle Skull.
Soon after, banners were displayed across the site to write messages, examples being "Haha these are so funny lets go spam the forums about them :D", "Remember kids tell your parents to vote Ron Paul", "Yo gonna give a shout out to the homies in dah hood", and "Do A Barrel Roll". They also added a warning banner saying "im the annoying orange banner. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA."
The user released a new face into the catalog with the title "c:" on the official ROBLOX account, costing 1 ROBUX. The face was considered to be crudely drawn, and the only account to purchase it was Stickmasterluke, whose account had been compromised at the time.
The face's image asset can still be found. It was not removed and the ID of the face was
76382978. They have the same description and the image's ID has 1 less number, similar to the creation of decals. Another "c:" face has been made, can be found here, the ID being
76383151. 712 copies have been sold.
Another face called "hai guize derp" was released on ROBLOX. It can be found here. The ID is
76385103. Like the "c:" face, it was not removed.
It should also be noted that during this time 1dev2's account was one of the many that were compromised. Many items were put into his inventory and during the event his avatar was changed many times. As a result, his account was subsequently terminated by a moderator for disrupting the economy. This ban was never revoked, but 1dev2 was apparently allowed to temporarily access his account sometime after, which during that time, he uncopylocked his game "Welcome to the Town of Robloxia".
After all this activity had occurred, ROBLOX staff brought the site offline, reporting they were still attempting to patch up the currency system. Administrators John Shedletsky and Matt Dusek had discovered a way to revert everything that had happened, and once the entire system was restored to its previous form, all the accounts that were tampered with were permanently banned. The "c:" face has since been changed to "Dr. Smyth Face" and was temporarily available for purchase.