After several months of waiting with beta versions that never seemed to end, a few days ago Pokémon Go finally made official , but not the way we expected. Niantic, the company in charge of game development, began a gradual deployment by country and, today, the app is not yet officially available in most regions , including Spain and Latin America. But we already know that put doors to the field it is complicated and made the law, made the trap.
The Google Play Store still does not let us test the game, but Android users more impatient and have installed thanks to a good Samaritan published the APK of the game. However, there are others with worse intentions that are taking advantage of fever unleashed after the launch and APK and circulates a Pokémon infected with malware Go . We tell you how to detect if you have installed a corrupted version of Pokémon Go
the risk of installing external applications to Google play is well known to all, and seeing the overwhelming success it is having the game of Nintendo it is not surprising that there are those who want to take advantage of the situation. With the game only available in a few countries, millions of Android users rushed to install the APK file to start hunting Pokémons, becoming candy for hackers with darker intentions .
The APK infected file was detected by cyber security firm Proofpoint only 72 hours after the game’s release last Wednesday. What it does is open a backdoor on the device in which it has been installed, allowing hackers access to all content of the terminal. The malware in question is called DroidJack a remote access tool that put on tray control device to the attacker.
How to tell if your smartphone has been infected
If you installed Pokémon Go through a APK file there are chances that your device has been infected with this malware, so before you go chasing Charmander your neighborhood, take a minute to check you are not among the affected users.
There’s a number of methods to detect whether the APK Pokemon Go you installed contains malware, but the simplest and fastest is compare permissions asking the game with actual game . To do this simply go to Settings – Application Management and enter the Pokémon Go section.
as seen in the image above these lines, the clean version of Pokémon Go requests access to the camera, location, activity recognition, check the contents of the SD card, find and use accounts device, network access, access Bluetooth settings and finally control the vibration. Many, but these are the permissions that demands the original application Pokemon Go. If it matches, you can breathe easy that you have not been infected.
the thing is quite different when the APK installed malware comes with DroidJack. The permission list is much longer and includes topics such as editing text messages, make calls, change network settings, read our favorites and browsing history and even record sounds. In case you’re among users that the corrupt APK installed, uninstall it as soon as possible and restore the factory settings of your smartphone.
In just a few days, Pokémon Go has gone through the roof, while almost beats Twitter in daily active users , it said soon. However, we should not let our guard down and always keep in mind that installing apps from unknown sources poses a real risk. According Proofpoint, it is best to be patient and wait for the game is available in your country.
Via | Proofpoint
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The news How to know if the Pokémon Go APK you’ve installed are infected with malware was originally published in Engadget Android by Amparo Babiloni .
July 11, 2016
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