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Downloading Fake Pokemon Go From Google Play Can Ruin Your Phone


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Pokemon Go was officially released in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and Germany on Android and iOS on July 6. It will then go online, secretly clicking on porn ads to generate revenue for the app’s developers.

Security experts have warned that fake versions of the game could contain malware. Originally costing at least $35 before Amazon, Nintendo Store and GameStop announced that the “Pokemon Go” gadget has been sold out, auction sites like eBay are now crawling with resellers that are offering the gadget for as much as $140 for pre-orders and as high as $250 for the Buy It Now option. It urges children to go out of their homes to walk and exercise, while others feel it might pose a threat to players and may expose them to accidents while looking at their screens as they walk. Hanke said that there was a way around this, indicating that the game could possibly even launch in China, a country where Google Maps is banned. Hackers are looking to capitalize on the ongoing Pokemon Go popularity bysneaking their fake apps into the official Google Play marketplace. Niantic now has eight corporate sponsors for Ingress globally, including SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T), and the number is likely to be similar for Pokemon GO, he said. Both apps require the user to “verify his account”.

This week, it launched in five European countries, including the U.K., Germany, and Italy, but there’s still no word on when it might arrive Asia.

Security researchers from antivirus provider Eset report that they have found at least three such fake apps on Google Play. Pokemon Go Ultimate reached 500 – 1,000, Guide Cheats for Pokemon Go reached 100 – 500 and the most successful of them, Install Pokemongo, attracted 10,000 – 50,000 victims. Both fake Pokemon Go apps deliver ads carrying fraudulent messages created to trick users into buying unnecessary and expensive services.

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