Pokémon GO downloaded from non-official stores infects Android devices with destructive virus-Keep Your PHONE Safe
Pokémon GO is one of the most popular mobile game but it is not yet officially available worldwide. So the people are downloading it from official and even from non official stores. Many people still don’t know that malicious copies of Pokemon GO have been found by Proofpoint (an online security company). They found an Android application package of Pokemon GO was bundled with malicious software. Infected copies that is downloaded from non-official stores would give Cyber criminals a remote access to your smartphone. It can poses direct threat to your privacy and sensitive data as well.
How does it work?
The infected copies of the Pokemon GO is being distributed through non Google Android App Services, installs a Remote Access Tool (RAT) named Droidjack to your smartphone. After that criminal hackers take control over your phone and steal your sensitive data and personal files (such as private photos, video, bank account/social account/email accounts login details, credit card numbers). They install spyware to record your private videos without your consent. Once infected, what they will do to you depends on their choices. Probably, they will blackmail you to pay a huge amount or they will leak your private moments on malicious websites. Trust me! Whatever they will do, will not be in your favor, always will be against you and your family. It can take you to the police custody, so be cautious my friend.
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How to keep your phone safe from infected version of Pokemon GO?
Finally, here is the solution to keep your phone safe, read it carefully. If you are afraid that you may have a malware version of Pokemon GO, now you can confirm it by looking at the hash of the downloaded APK, said Proofpoint.
“The legitimate application that has been often linked to by media outlets has a hash of 8bf2b0865bef06906cd854492dece202482c04ce9c5e881e02d2b6235661ab67, although it is possible that there are updated versions already released. The malicious APK that we analyzed has a SHA256 hash of 15db22fd7d961f4d4bd96052024d353b3ff4bd135835d2644d94d74c925af3c4.”
Therefore, if you want to keep your phone safe from malware infection of the game, we recommend you to download an Android app only from official stores. Cyber criminal are all around the world to take advantages of your casualties. Don’t let them harm yourself. Always be cautious.
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