Fake Pokemon Go App One Step Away from Being Ransomware

Pokemon Go has the world at its feet at the moment. Everyone is playing it, and those who aren't are either too old to understand or too stubborn...
  1. Sparfire
    Pokemon Go has the world at its feet at the moment. Everyone is playing it, and those who aren't are either too old to understand or too stubborn to try. The rest of the world's population is happily searching everywhere they can in order to "catch them all." And as always, when something is surpassing the hype and actually becomes a success, someone will try to take advantage of it. A few clever apps have already been removed from Google Play, because they were trying to trick impatient Pokemon trainers rather than helping them.

    ESET, a company focusing on antivirus and malware protection, recently warned Google about a few apps that was more of a threat than usual. One of them, called Pokemon Go Ultimate, was extra malicious by the fact that it would lock the screen on the device and require the battery to be removed or rebooted via the Android Device Manager in order for it to work again. After that, the program would hide itself in the background and click away on porn ads. According to ESET, the worst part of this app is that it is literally one step away from being Ransomware, and the first of its kind to find its way onto the app store. At least that we know of.

    The two other apps, "Install Pokemongo" and "Guide & Cheats for Pokemon Go" were not as bad, but their intent was to trick people into paying good money for the app to generate massive amounts of Pokecoins, Pokeballs or Lucky Eggs each day. Something it obviously wouldn't do, but they sure would make a lot of money from it. As mentioned previously, all 3 of these have been removed from the Google Play, but all of them were downloaded by unsuspecting Pokemon Trainers before anyone noticed what the apps really were.

    There has been other malicious apps floating around since the launch of Pokemon Go, and we will definitely see more of them. It is up to the public to use common sense and pay attention to what it is you are downloading, and don't forget that if something looks too good to be true, it usually is.


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  1. Planetmaster
    ...and those who aren't are either too old to understand or too stubborn...

    Or couldn't give the slightest F**K
  2. AlienFreek01
    I find it funny people believe that Iphones are invincible from these kind of threats
  3. Dito
    I'm in the "too old to understand" demographic. Also the "too crotchety to give a damn about Pokemon" demographic. :biggrin:
  4. Jason
    I just think this whole craze is hilarious because literally 2 months ago I saw people laughing at someone playing pokemon on the 3DS. Now all of a sudden it's a trendy thing to go play pokemon with your buds!!! "Oh, dude, let's battle!!!!" fake *** ******
  5. Jinxster
    Would the diagnostics usage data give you any clues? There are 3 pokemon go ones on my device. It means nothing to me. Too long to post here.
  6. Jinxster
    Thanks for replying both.

    Tabuu - I'm sorry but you are wrong. My apple iPhone 6s is not jail broken , I had it approx 3 weeks ago on a new 24mth contract with EE. The app was 100% downloaded from the App Store. This is my point - iOS users (me) believed apple apps were fool proof. Something happened yesterday immediately after downloading & registering to the Pokemon go app off the App Store. I am a normal person with v limited knowledge of computers. I do nothing weird or unusual with my device. Everything I download is legit off App Store or iTunes. I am smart enough to understand phishing etc so never open any emails I don't recognise or click links etc. I don't have a PCs so neither device has ever been connected to an external device. What happened yesterday can only have come from App Store. I get that clearly this hasn't been seen before - but it has now. Going to the App Store shortly to discuss it with them & I will be so annoyed if I get the same 'can't have been us' response.

    Can you help me with finding out if I have malware / ransom ware on my device? How do I find it/get rid of it?
    1. NO GOD
      As for your problem, after looking into it further it appears certain malware apps did very briefly make it onto the App Store. However the legitimate Pokemon Go app is not malware, and would never, ever cause you to get malware. People try to cash in on popular apps by copying them. Make sure the apps are from the correct developer before downloading them.

      As for getting rid of the malware, restoring your devices to the factory settings will do the trick.
  7. Jinxster
    iOS now has ransom ware - I downloaded Pokemon Go around 5pm tonight. Struggled to register as the server kept saying it was limiting numbers registering due to demand. Finally registered, verified email & accessed the game. Caught my 1st Pokemon & then the camera shrank on the screen & locked. Clicked my home button seeking to close the app & my Apple 2nd verification kicked in saying someone was trying to access my device from Moscow - my screen then locked out to a black screen with the message 'Device locked - €40 to unlock - email to appleinc03@gmail.com'

    Because I have auto download for apps it transferred straight to my iPad too - both devices compromised Gutted.

    Swiping right on the device locked screen bought up the screen lock code unlock screen. After securing my email accounts etc, I tried my usual code & it has unlocked. The Pokemon game wouldn't delete from pressing the icon down so I had to get rid of it through storage settings - but I have no idea how invasive the ransom ware was/is. Is it still hidden in my device? Is there a way I can find this out? My Apple ID remains locked down by Apple & I daren't unlock it because I don't know if it will give the hackers access? If I did unlock & immediately wipe my device would that get rid of it? Questions questions. If anyone can help I'd be v grateful
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    2. Jinxster
      Lad Bible posted on facebook tonight that hackers had claimed the server crash on Pokemon & warned it was a test for something bigger. I posted what happened to me & I got exactly the same bulls*** response. I came here for help from what I thought was an expert community - it seems the expertise stretches to 'I call bull **** on anything I've not seen before' - thanks for the help.
    3. II{-_-}II
      You got called out by one person on a homepage article, he doesn't speak for the community. If you want help, check the apple/ios sections within the forum and someone like Tabuu might be able to help you if you have a problem.
    4. Tabuu
      It's definitely not something I've heard of or read about. Plus, The Lad Bible isn't a verified news source for anything technology related. If it did happen, it had to have happened on jailbroken device and the app couldn't have been downloaded from the App Store. You can't feed ransomware to devices through a sandboxed application and the App Store wouldn't allow an app with malicious code on it to be released to the public.
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  8. goss34
    iPhone master race?
  9. 3xTiNcT
    This is why I never download other random apps. I have an iPhone though.
  10. Keeley Hazell
    Good things it's an Android problem