As you all know that Pokemon Go is now available on Android and IOS but many of you are not aware that Pokemon Go is officially available in US, Australia and New Zealand only.
In other parts of world, people are downloading this game and installing apk files to play this. In these apk files, some files are reported to have been infected with malware and facilitating hackers backdoor entry into your smartphones.
Some of the third-party apk file hosting websites are said to be packaging the Pokemon GO apk files with malware termed DroidJack (Most Powerful Android Remote Administration Tool) or SandroRAT (Android Malware) that gives hackers control of the smartphone, claims the Proofpoint researchers. Proofpoint researchers are said to have discovered the exploit.
We would like to recommend people to install the files from official app stores or apk websites only.
Lucky folks can download the game from the link below.
Download from Play Store (Android)
In case you have already downloaded Pokemon Go’s apk file manually and wondering if that apk file is infected one, follow below steps to find out:
- You can check the SHA256 hash of the Pokemon GO apk file. As per Proofpoint, the apk version is probably hacked if it shows a hash of 15db22fd7d961f4d4bd96052024d353b3ff4bd135835d2644d94d74c925af3c4.
- It is also possible to check the legitimacy of the apk by comparing the permissions screen that show up before starting the video game with those seen in the handset’s Settings > Apps > Pokemon GO > Permissions.
If you are installing the malicious app version of Pokemon Go, It may allows hackers to record audio and edit/read/receive/send text messages. The malware app also has the capability to modify the contacts saved in the smartphone and read call logs, contacts, bookmarks and history.
Global roll out of Pokemon Go is temporarily halted by the company Niantic (owner of Pokemon Go).
The download page says the app is optimized for smartphones, not tablets. Compatibility with tablet devices is not guaranteed. It runs with Android devices that have 2GB RAM or more (but still you can check on your mobile with lesser RAM) and have Android Version 4.4 – 6.0 installed and for iOS user it requires iOS 8.0 or later. The game page also suggests that compatibility is not guaranteed for devices without GPS capabilities or devices that are connected only to Wi-Fi networks.
Reasons why Pokemon GO is not running on your smartphone