Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2012        Go!    
 
 
June 23, Friday 2017 9:05 PM       

       HEADLINES: Smart City third phase announced: Thiruvananthapuram tops the list                                              Joy’s suicide: Tax collected, allegations of correcting documents                                              Joy’s suicide: Preliminary report cites lapse on official’s part                                              Surprise vigilance inspection in village offices once a month from now                                              Youth Congress demands UAPA against Yuva Morcha leader caught for printing counterfeit notes                                              ISRO successfully launches PSLV-C38                                              CBSE declares NEET results                                              Kovind files nomination, accompanied by PM Modi                                              Balochistan: Five killed in blast near IGP office in Quetta                                              N Korea conducts yet another rocket engine test                                              Arab countries send Qatar list of 13 demands to end crisis                                              Kohli & Co. to take on Windies in opening ODI                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       WEIRDNEWS Next Article: Salman Khan, Sunny Leone most searched for actors  
       Fake Pokemon Go apps found in Indian cyberspace; users alerted
 
         Posted on :17:27:40 Aug 3, 2016
   
A A
       Last edited on:17:27:40 Aug 3, 2016
         Tags: Pokemon Go apps, Indian cyberspace
 
NEW DELHI: With the smartphone-based reality game Pokemon Go gaining popularity, cyber security sleuths have issued an alert against some fake and malicious apps prowling in the Indian web space which can seriously compromise an individual's phone.
 
"It has been observed that fake Pokemon Go malicious apps are available on third party websites for download. There are various fake versions of the app available. All of them are pretending to be the genuine version of the Pokemon Go app and allow users to access up to level 5 in the game.
 
"Some fake versions of Pokemon Go are lockscreen apps, some are embedded with malicious Remote Access Tool (RAT) called as Droidjack for Android," the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) said in its latest advisory to the users of the popular game which hit the online gaming world recently.
 
CERT-In is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security-related defences of the Indian Internet domain.
 
Pokemon Go is a location-based augmented and outdoor reality game for iOS and Android supported devices and numerous freak accidents have been reported from across the globe where indulgent users lost track and suffered injuries.
 
The agency has detected at least three aliases or fakes of the original game that are available in the cyberspace and have identified them as 'Pokemon GO Ultimate', 'Guide & Cheats for Pokemon Go' and 'Install Pokemongo'.
 
"These apps are capable of locking the victim device. Forced reboot is required to come out of the locked screen. After successful reboot of the device, the app keeps on running itself in background and make network connections to various add sites which give fake messages and entice users to download other side-loaded (doubtful) apps," the advisory said.
 
The fake apps, the agency said, are also capable of performing unwanted and malicious activity on a user's phone like giving full access of the victim's Android device to the attacker, installing various side-loaded apps along with the installation of Pokemon Go and install the App with more than the required permissions.
 
"If compromised device is connected to corporate network, it may pose risk to the whole network also," the advisory warned.
 
CeRT-In has suggested certain countermeasures in this regard and asked users not to click on banners, popups or ad notifications, or downloading and installing applications from untrusted sources.
 
Also, careful reading of the apps' terms and conditions and specific permissions required by it before installing is a must, besides running a full system scan on device with mobile security solution or mobile anti-virus software.
 
Some other combat measures include installing Android updates and patches as and when available from Android device vendors, keeping an eye on data usage (application wise usage also) and unusual increase in mobile bills. They have also suggested avoiding usage of unsecured, unknown Wi-Fi networks and making it a diligent practice of taking regular backup of the Android device
A A
       WEIRDNEWS
Next Article: Salman Khan, Sunny Leone most searched for actors
 
 
WEIRDNEWS HEADLINES
Playing video games makes you a better university student!  
UP minister's guard carries gun during MRI scan, ruins machine  
Saddam tries to get Aadhar card for Bin Laden  
Aussie senator breastfeeds in Parliament  
Pet dogs may help cut stress in kids: study  
Rats, it's now hic hic time in Udaipur!  
Rats drinking alcohol: Bihar police  
Fruit Juice Floods Russian Town After Factory Roof Collapses  
Veg dishes irk groom, bride finds another man  
Book reveals why Jinnah shaved off his moustache  
Treatment-resistant 'HIV reservoir' cells identified  
Kidnapping, forced marriage: Pakistan's Hindu women hope for protection  
Dogs can adopt human perspective to find food: study  
Legal spat in US over parents wanting to name child "Allah"  
Chimp filmed cleaning dead son's teeth for first time  
Mediterranean diet may improve sperm quality: study  
Sexual harassment at epidemic levels in UK universities: Report  
Oscar statue is worth only USD 10  
Eating less may slow ageing: study  
Saudi prince buys airplane seats to transport 80 falcons (Video)  
Puppies respond more readily to 'baby talk'  
64-yr-old woman becomes oldest mother in China to deliver baby  
Passenger removed from flight after confrontation with Ivanka Trump  
Stressed snakes strike first: study  
500-kg Egyptian woman to visit India soon for surgery  
 
Do you think Kerala's Gaza street has terror link?
yes
 
no
 
don't know
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy