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Beware! Malicious Pokemon Go apps infiltrate Google Play store

Washington: According to the software security company ESET, a malicious gaming app called Pokemon Go Ultimate has actually made its way on the Google play store. The app when downloaded and run is not

India TV Tech Desk [ Updated: July 17, 2016 20:24 IST ]
Beware! Malicious Pokemon Go apps infiltrate Google Play
Beware! Malicious Pokemon Go apps infiltrate Google Play store

Washington: According to the software security company ESET, a malicious gaming app called Pokemon Go Ultimate has actually made its way on the Google play store.

The app when downloaded and run is not installed as Pokemon Go but as “PI Network”, a report published in the Fortune said.

Anyone who runs that app would find his/her phone completely frozen, forcing to restart by removing the battery. After rebooting, the PI Network app seems to disappear, but in fact, it continues to run in the background and keeps on generating fake ad clicks, stated Fortune.

The Pokemon Go gaming app uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities of the device in conjunction with Google Maps to place virtual creatures in real world locations, which one then tries to find using your device as a guide.

Once in proximity to the placed creature, one then needs to use device’s camera to view the creature and try to capture it.

ESET also spotted several other malicious apps, including Install Pokemongo and Guide & Cheats for Pokemon Go.

The plague of malicious tricks surrounding the augmented-reality game highlights the security risk posed by Android’s relatively open app ecosystem.

Though the specific apps highlighted by ESET seem to have been removed from Google Play Store, a search found several apps named with variations on Install Pokemon Go.

The app, however, has been pulled off from Google Play, ESET reported. One can uninstall the app manually by going to their phone’s application manager.

The Pokemon Go is available on Google Playstore and Apple’s App Store in the US, Japan and Australia, Philippines, New Zealand, Britain and Germany and is coming soon to India, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia.

(With inputs from IANS)

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