‘Pokemon Go’ Malware? Beware Of Hackers & Robbers!
While a lot of gamers got extra excited with the release of Pokemon Go, some appeared to have used the app to destroy the other players’ phones.Advertisement
Last week, the augmented reality game from Niantic and The Pokemon Company was dropped, initially for fans in Australia and New Zealand and later on in the United States, to the delight of many Pokemon fans.
However, a new report pointed out that these so-called Pokemon trainers should be wary in downloading the app from third party sources.
According to Fortune, a malicious version of the software has been reportedly created to infect the Pokemon Go lovers’ Android gadgets via a code.
On Thursday, the malicious version of the game was uploaded in a file sharing service, and was discovered by security firm Proofprint.
This version reportedly includes a remote access tool, or RAT, called Droidjack, that will give the hackers “full control over a victim’s phone.”
In the meantime, apart from the Malware, the excitement among Pokemon Go fans may soon wane if they realize just how many bad people are out there to take advantage of them.
On Sunday, the O’Fallon, Missouri police arrested robbery suspects following a report stating that some victims were lured using the Pokemon Go app, Sgt. Bill Stringer explained, according to USA Today.
“The way we believe (the app) was used is you can add a beacon to a Pokéstop to lure more players,” the police wrote on Facebook.
Accordingly, the four suspects, whose age ranges from 16 to 18 years old, may have used the “Lure Module” of Pokemon Go to attract several Pokemon characters to their location. By doing so, they can lure the other gamers to go closer to them as they try to find a rare Pokemon at the Pokestops.
Meanwhile, the report noted that inside the black BMW of the suspects, the police were able to find a handgun, and even pointed out that they could also be behind the 10 to 11 armed robberies in St. Louis and St. Charles counties.
Stringer revealed, though, that apart from it, there have been no other reported crimes related to Pokemon Go.
“I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water,” 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins relayed about the incident that happened on Friday morning. “I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body.”
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office declared that the death of the person found by the Pokemon Go player “appears to be accidental in nature and possibly that of a drowning.”