Sideloaders beware: a Pokemon Go knock-off contains malware

If you're one of the people that had his interest peaked by the Pokemon GO game and went on to install the game on your phone using one of those tutorials, you can easily check and see if you've installed a clean or malicious version of the app.

Internet security firm ProofPoint reported on an infected version of Pokemon Go for Android devices on Saturday, July 9.

The new smash-hit game "Pokemon Go" could become bait for hackers wanting to take over your phone. The malicious app was uploaded to an online malware detection repository on July 7, less than 72 hours after Nintendo released the game in Australia and New Zealand.

The malware, known as DroidJack, allows an attacker to seize control of the handset, harvesting personal information from users and tracking their movements.

For instance, here is a list of the app permissions requested when you install Niantic's authentic Pokemon Go.

If you haven't heard by now, Pokemon GO is taking over the world.

First of all, Pokemon Go app once went bad with server issues, which leads to crashes or app frozen.

If you did happen to download the app's APK directly, it doesn't guarantee you have the malware version, however it increases the risk since side-loading bypasses Android's security that blocks the installation of unverified third-party apps.

On July 4, Nintendo released the game for Australia and New Zealand, and on July 6, the game was released for United States users, with other countries to follow soon.

The original game does not need permissions to initiate phone calls, read SMS messages, record audio, modify address book contacts, read Web history, or change Wi-Fi connection settings.

Probably not. If you downloaded "Pokémon Go" through a legitimate app store then your game is fine.

First, you can compare the permissions on your app with those of the legitimate one.

"Likely due to the fact that the game had not been officially released globally at the same time, many gamers wishing to access the game before it was released in their region resorted to downloading the APK from third parties", Proofpoint says.

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