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I Choose You, Hackachu!

Ways to abuse Pokemon Go and it's fans...
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I choose you Hackachu!

Ways to abuse Pokemon Go-like apps:

1.  Set a location-specific poke-virus-mon that hacks people's credit card information when they 'capture it,' or do any other sort of nefarious phone back activities, such as leaving all of your data at said location for anyone to grab.

2.  Set up live booby traps at hot Pokemon locations.

3.  Set specific Pokemon capture-event alarms for targeted victims whose location you know to be away from their home at that moment.

4.  Put a thousand Pokemon in difficult/restricted areas like the airspace over Area 51, behind employee-only doors, just over the edge of the Grand Canyon, and the cranky old neighbor's front yard.

5.  Use location-spoofing with GPX to collect all Pokemon everywhere (and earn a bunch of Fitbit points) and sell them to the highest bidder.

RayfordSteele, Jul 11 2016

Some of this is already happening... http://www.stuff.co...ooking-for-pokestop
..like ending up at gang headquarters. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]

Some more... http://gizmodo.com/...-victims-1783416898
..like getting mugged. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]

Even more... http://gizmodo.com/...d-report-1783368575
..like finding dead people instead of Pokemon. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]

Then there's... http://www.stuff.co...emon-go-gym-a-kayak
..kayaking to get Pokemon. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]

Simulated walking https://www.youtube...watch?v=9vqOWCNuZD4
Presumably they'll patch it somehow. [RayfordSteele, Jul 19 2016, last modified Jul 20 2016]


       I never thought Xatu was that macho.
RayfordSteele, Jul 13 2016

       5. Ingress (previous game from Niantic) detects that you have the "mock locations" setting enabled (or a jailbroken iPhone or rooted Android phone) and refuses to run. I assume Pokémon Go is the same way.
notexactly, Jul 19 2016

       Location hacks can be done on PC then uploaded. See link.
RayfordSteele, Jul 19 2016

       Something's wrong with that link. Did you mean to put in a URL?
notexactly, Jul 20 2016

RayfordSteele, Jul 20 2016


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