New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on September 21, 2022) follows:

ARK: Survival Evolved is one of the most popular games in the adventure, looting and survival genre.

ARK challenges the player to survive in inhospitable environments full of dangers. They will have to deal with natural threats, wildlife as well as keep track of their own character’s health.


The game is available on multiple consoles and platforms (Windows, Xbox, PlayStation and Switch). However, some players have been affected by a serious vulnerability.

According to multiple reports, the accounts and tribes of many ARK: Survival Evolved players on Xbox and Windows 10 have been hacked and stolen.

ARK: Survival Evolved accounts hacked & tribes stolen on Xbox & Windows 10

Social platforms like Twitter are full of reports related to the issue. Apparently, the vulnerability resulted in the loss of many gamers’ accounts, along with their tribes and resources.


I haven’t been affected, but someone on my server has, and was hacked earlier today. Person hacked a tribemate’s account and destroyed their base across the map. Xbox PvE Official 1590 Gen2. Can I still put in a ticket?

@survivetheark someone hacked into my tribe and another tribe leader accounts and kicked everyone. Small tribes server 267 on xbox.

Apparently, the exploit has been affecting PC players for weeks now. But in the last few hours, Xbox players have also been affected, so the scope of the exploit has increased significantly.

That’s why WC is addressing this. Been going on for weeks on PC and then Xbox started a little while after that. This exploit is pretty severe

This problem getting bigger on xbox rn

Malicious players were taking advantage of the Xbox and PC crossplay feature to activate the exploit. This explains why PlayStation and Nintendo Switch players accounts are not at risk.


@Hodgaming1 Just lost our whole tribe not even just base to someone stealing our owners character and removing us all…after being aimbotted everyday and meshed weekly… Xbox crossplay what a brilliant idea…@ComplexMinded @survivetheark

Explanation of the exploit & official word

Those who took advantage of the exploit used the ‘spoofing’ method which consists of the following:

Hey @survivetheark Cheating Program Method allows users to Spoof as someones gamertag PRETENDING to be them where they have access to tribe and can do whatever. This is gonna kill Windows if its not fixed asap. The game is becoming so unplayable by the cheaters trying to kill it.

Once the scope of the bug became massive, ARK devs completely disabled the connection for Windows 10 players while they mitigate or resolve it.


Xbox players can still play as the Xbox Live connection remains active. This is because the exploit necessarily required the use of a Windows 10 PC together with an Xbox console.

So, since Windows 10 gamers are currently unable to access the ARK network, Xbox players now should be able to access the game safely.

We will be monitoring the situation to update this story as events unfold.

Update 1 (Sept. 22, 2022)

05:35 pm (IST): ARK: Survival Evolved devs have issued a statement saying that the vulnerability was so severe that they’ll have to do a general data rollback to fix it.

This means that the progress that players made on Xbox and Windows after September 19 will be lost. Here’s the full statement:

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