Beware of Malware When Downloading PokÃ©mon Go for Android
PokÃ©mon Go is a hugely successful yetÂ Â very recentlyÂ released Android game, an instant hit thatÂ took the world by storm, just like Flappy Bird in its time. However, despite its enormous success, which already made it bigger than Tinder (and it will also surpass Twitter soon according to analysts), you must be very careful when/where you’re downloading-installing it.
According to various security researchers, if you choose to installÂ PokÃ©mon Go following the instructions provided by many gaming and tutorial websites, you will be advised to download the APK following a non Google Play link, i.e. from an un-trusted source,due to the fact thatÂ PokÃ©mon Go’s official website is suffering from a serious server-overload issue. The overload-issueÂ is generated by the huge amount of time users are spending playing the newÂ PokÃ©mon Go and here comes the problem.
If you’re choosing to download/install the APK from a third party, you may end up installing DroidJack malware on your droid, together with the game. The malware was discovered by Proofpoint, an internet security company, which determinedÂ that many online tutorials will infect you with malicious versions of theÂ PokÃ©mon Go, and you’ll end up withÂ a backdoor on your smartphone, thus allowing hackers to compromise your droid 100%.
The maliciousÂ APK is infected with DroidJack (that’s a RAT i.e. remote access tool) via side-loading (when you’re installing untrusted 3rd party apps), hence side-loading is a no-no procedure, being a very risky practice which may lead to installing malware on your device.
Now, if you want to make sure yourÂ PokÃ©mon Go is not an infected version, you’ll have to check the game’s permissions by going to Settings-Apps-PokÃ©mon Go. If you discover thatÂ PokÃ©mon Go asked for permissions such as read/write log calls, read/edit your SMS/Web history, read/modify your contacts, change network connectivity, record audio or directly call phone numbers you must immediately uninstall it, as it’s definitely infected with DroidJack malware. Bottom line, it’s advisable to wait for theÂ PokÃ©mon Go to launch officially in your country instead of risking compromising your smartphone.