Jul 12, 2016 01:20 PM EDT
App Posing As 'Pokémon Go' Is Spreading Android Malware DroidJack; Used To Steal User's Information
An app posing as 'Pokémon Go' has been revealed to spread an Android malware, DroidJack, which opens a back door of Android devices to hackers to steal the users' information.
Cybersecurity analysts at Symantec have uncovered a copycat version of "Pokémon Go" harboring an Android malware named Droidjack, Polygon reported.
The recent launch and eventual popularity of the game has lead to some fans getting their hands on the game, when it was only launched in a handful of countries.
Hackers have taken advantage of this recent demand, and uploaded a copycat version of "Pokémon Go," which makes use of "side-loading" even when the official game is not yet have been released in the area.
Users were misled to installing this malware-infested app by offering an early glimpse of the popular game. Proofpoint analysts have confirmed finding a line in the APK's code which enables the remote-access DroidJack, and effectively compromising the device, according to Nintendo Enthusiast.
Symantec had first discovered the malware towards the end of 2014, and it has come once again onto its radars. The cybersecurity company have previously described DroidJack very much like a "Trojan Horse for Android devices," which results in the users' information being open to hackers.
The cybersecurity company currently ranks the malware to a minimal threat, although it may be best to wait the official game release rather than compromising one's information.
Nintendo, whose market shares have increased to about 20% since the game's launch, have yet to comment on the issue.
Cybersecurity analysts have yet to confirm a successful breach yet, but it seems it would be only a matter of time before someone falls victim.
"Pokémon Go" has only been released to a few countries, but reports have surfaced that the popular game would launch in Europe and Asia within a few days, according to the Verge.
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