According to software security company ESEA, a malicious app called Pokemon Go Ultimate has successfully made its way onto the Google Play store. According to the firm, a fake version of the game available on the Google Play app store locks the screen as soon as the app is opened. This is the first “lockscreen” app ever found on Google Play.’
ESET also spotted several other malicious apps, including “Install Pokemongo and one called Guide & Cheats for Pokemon Go.Other apps promise to generate free in-app items, including Pokeballs, Pokecoins, or Lucky Eggs, but in the end, all of these are bait-and-switches, which ultimately “attempt to mislead the user into subscribing to expensive bogus services.”
A report published in the Fortune said that the app when downloaded and run is not installed as Pokemon Go but as “PI Network.” Anyone who ran that app would find their phone completely frozen, forcing them to restart the phone by removing the battery. After rebooting, the PI Network app seemed to disappear, but in fact continued running in the background and generating fake ad clicks.
The company recommends Pokemon fans only download the game from reputable sources, and to check positive and negative reviews of an app before downloading.
The Pokemon Go gaming app uses the Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities of the device in partnership with Google Maps to place virtual creatures in real world locations, which one then tries to find using your device as a guide.
The Pokemon Go is available on Google Playstore and Apple’s App Store in few countries such as US, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, UK, Germany, Philippines. However it is said to come soon to India, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia.