Security Researchers from numerous security organizations have found various Pokémon Go applications to have a malicious backdoor, malware, adware, and many different programs that are sending messages to their contacts and the clients, contaminating gadgets. Pokémon Promo was one of those sites, and looked like the credible Pokémon Go sites – offering rewards for giving an extra ten or more clients in a spamming strategy – anyway, this site has now been brought down.

Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go

Adaptive Mobile, a security organization situated in Dublin, Ireland, expressed that it  has also discovered another scam. This scam offers players more than ten thousand Poke Coins once they had gathered a hundred points. As per the organization’s Chief Intelligence Officer, once a hundred focuses were made, a message would show up containing an short URL that prompted spamming sites, some of which were identified with Pokémon Go, while others weren’t.

Image Source: Adaptive Mobile – A screenshot of a message with a website showing offering legendary stardust.
Image Source: Adaptive Mobile – A screenshot of a message with a website showing offering legendary stardust.

 

The company found another fake Pokémon Go site (Pokémon dot Vif PPoints dot xxxx) that was being publicized on numerous online social networking sites, and was putting forth clients Poke Coins on the off chance that they prescribe the site to different clients. Additionally, another site, known as Pokémon Generator, offered clients Poke Coins straightforwardly to their records in the event that they entered their Google account points of interest, the same ones that they were utilizing on the Pokémon Go application.

Image Source: Adaptive Mobile – A screenshot of a malicious page offering Pokemon’s.
Image Source: Adaptive Mobile – A screenshot of a malicious page offering Pokemon’s.

There’s still many malicious applications out there, sitting tight and willing for users to take a risk. Theses applications will keep on emerging unless Niantic offers a worldwide release.

Pokemon Go
Image Source: Adaptive Mobile – A screenshot of a malicious page.

Security expert from Adaptive Mobile, Any application or messages that are offering Poke Coins or even mentioning Pokemon Go application those messages can lead you to malicious website(s) which contains malware, viruses and ransomware.

Which helps me to remember another case, where a ransomware was coded into a Pokémon Go application accessible for download on the Internet. The ransomware, called Hidden Tear, was a strain from the ransomware family that common a few qualities of Locky. It utilized AES encryption to secure records by including the augmentation (.bolted). Did it encode the records, as well as introduced an indirect access to your machine, making a system sharing framework on your PC.

As per a security analyst at the Bleeping Computer, the ransomware is focusing on ethnic gatherings of Arabic nationality. When it contaminates the objective machine, it changes the screensaver – demonstrating Pikachu with extra content written in Arabic saying ‘veryimportant.txt’, and that record is saved money on the clients desktop.

Pokemon Go
Image Source: Bleeping Computers – A screenshot of a screensaver with the text written in Arabic and the hackers email address.

 

Jawed Malik, a security expert at Alien Vault, states that profiling a racial group using popular applications – and this time being Pokémon Go – for spreading the ransomware or the virus, is not something new.

The Pokémon Go application has been downloaded more than a hundred million times since its dispatch, and the numbers are expanding step by step.

The Pokémon Go application has been downloaded more than a hundred million times since its launch, and the numbers are increasing day by day.

The Other Way Around

For now, all we can say is that you don’t download it from unofficial sources. If you want to play it, get a VPN for your phone, force stop Google Play, clear the data and clear the cache. Once that is done, fire up the VPN, set the location to any place in the United States and start up your Google Play. From there, enter the information and search Pokémon Go to enjoy the official release.