Pokemon GO security scares: gotta catch ’em all

The Pokemon GO app has caught the eye of the game playing public, the media, and unfortunately the bad guys.

Pokemon GO has been downloaded more than 10 million times on the US Google Play Store alone. It’s the biggest app sensation around; bigger even than Tinder and earning millions per day by way of in-game purchases. The game, also, has not escaped the attention of the bad guys. Pokemon GO has become, at once, a cause of security scares and the target of them.

It is tempting to think of Pokemon GO as some kind of virus itself, considering how far and fast this app has spread. It’s actually just another augmented reality game, albeit a hugely successful one. If you want to know how to play it then head over to YouTube for some hints and tips. If you want to know how it has impacted in security terms this last week, stay right here.

First there are the fake apps. Or rather, the malicious versions of the app that contain a backdoor. These are being downloaded from untrusted sources. “Jailbreaking devices or installing apps from unofficial or untrusted sources is a recipe for letting the fox into the henhouse,” says Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault.

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