Pokémon Go is a ‘huge security risk’: Experts warn logging in on your iPhone using Google gives hit game access to ALL your account details
It came out of nowhere, and all of a sudden Pokémon Go has taken America by storm. But the stories coming out around it are unsettling and we feel it is something you should know about.
For starters, experts have warned that iOS users of Pokémon Go are putting themselves at risk by signing up using Google. By signing up to the game, it gives make Niantic access to the user’s entire Google account – from email to search history.
Security expert Adam Reeve said he first noticed the issue signing in online.
‘On a whim I went to see which permissions it was granted,’ he wrote. ‘To say I was a little stunned is putting it lightly – it said: Pokemon Go has full access to your Google account.’
Reeve believes the game, based on a game called Ingress developed by Google before being spun out into its own firm called Niantic, is not actually using these permissions for anything other than logging people in.
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‘I obviously don’t think Niantic are planning some global personal information heist. ‘This is probably just the result of epic carelessness.’ However, he admitted he had deleted his account in light of the issue.
‘But I don’t know anything about Niantic’s security policies. I don’t know how well they will guard this awesome new power they’ve granted themselves, and frankly I don’t trust them at all. ‘I’ve revoked their access to my account, and deleted the app. ‘I really wish I could play, it looks like great fun, but there’s no way it’s worth the risk.’
Pokémon Go lured children to a sex shop in the UK
Child safety experts have issued a stark warning over the new Pokemon Go app as the craze reaches the UK – and lures players to a sex shop. The game – which allows players to collect digital monsters in their actual surroundings – has not yet been officially released in the UK.
But those who have managed to download the app have already been directed to catch Pokemon at the rather sinister ‘Private Shop’ in Plymouth, Devon.
The shop is the latest danger zone to have appeared in the game after players were lured to a string of unsavoury sites around the world, including the headquarters of Hells Angels in New Zealand and a methadone clinic in Australia.
Charities had already warned that the game could be ‘hijacked’ by paedophiles who could manipulate the software to lure distracted children to secluded spots.
But there were fresh warnings today as the game itself began to show a potentially more harmful side in its choice of so-called PokeStops – real-life landmarks where players can stock up on goods and improve their characters.
Charities had already warned that the game could be ‘hijacked’ by paedophiles who could manipulate the software to lure distracted children to secluded spots. source