Hacking group OurMine claims to have compromised Pokemon Go servers

Mobile Users are Spending More Time on Pokemon Go than Facebook

Hacking group OurMine claims to have compromised Pokemon Go servers

The new augmented-reality mobile game - a kind of a cross between orienteering and classic Pokemon collecting - requires users to venture off the sofa and out into the real world, where they use their phone's Global Positioning System and camera to catch virtual Pokemon, the cutesy Nintendo creatures that were launched in the mid-1990s, in real locations.

Pokémon Go has become a worldwide phenomenon, rising to the top of both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store's most downloaded lists in hours.

As Pokemon Go's servers open in new countries, it is possible that the volume of users who downloaded the game into their phones could have also weighed heavily on the servers causing them to fail, even without the group's DDOS attack. As you can see in the screenshots below, the price of Pokemon Red Version has increased after the release of Pokemon GO on eBay. This time, a hacker group claims responsibility for temporarily halting players from accessing the game.

Despite the issues, there are some fixes that the frustrated players can try to fix the Pokemon Go app when it is now working. The game was initially launched in US, Australia and New Zealand, and the company planned the launch to other global audience in the following days. A huge surge of logins would consequently crash the servers.

Several of the Pokemon Go players have branded the app as "unacceptable" after the servers of the game crashed for the second time.

Pokemon Go Usage Stats
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The augmented reality mobile game is now available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. Between the game's rapid expansion in 26 additional countries over the weekend and the alleged DDoS attack, Japan may be waiting a bit longer than Nintendo and Niantic intended.

The game was also released earlier today in Canada.

The Pokemon Go app may remain down entirely sometimes.

For all its popularity, there are some concerns about the high amount of data usage when playing Pokemon Go.

According to the official source of Nintendo, more than 200 million copies of the game since its jump start have already sold out, creating a mounting sensation all over the world.

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