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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
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
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
Some of this is already happening...
..like ending up at gang headquarters. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]
..like getting mugged. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]
..like finding dead people instead of Pokemon. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]
..kayaking to get Pokemon. [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 11 2016]
Presumably they'll patch it somehow. [RayfordSteele, Jul 19 2016, last modified Jul 20 2016]
||I never thought Xatu was that macho.
||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.
||Location hacks can be done on PC then uploaded.
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