Pokemon GO launch on iOS and Android opens door to hackers


Hackers have been exploiting the global excitement and staggered release of Pokemon GO for iOS and Android by bundling versions of the game with malware for download from third-party sites.


The initial download allows installation of a remote access tool (RAT) known as DroidJack/SandroRAT. If that’s installed, hackers gain full control of your phone.

Proofpoint Security says there’s no evidence of it in the wild, but it was found in a malicious file repository less than three days after the game’s release in Australia and New Zealand.

If you’re going to install any file from a third-party and side-load it onto your phone or tablet, make sure you trust where it’s coming from first.