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Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the new Pokémon Go craze

Author: ITS

Posted on Jul 20, 2016

Category: IT Security Alerts , General Interest

Pokemon Go logo and game on mobile device

Having been recently launched, the new Pokémon Go app for Android and IOS has already reached peak levels of popularity and (of course) cybercriminals have found a way to manipulate everyone’s excitement.

What you should be on the look-out for:

  • Cybercriminals have made a malicious version of the app for Android and are likely to continue to do so in the future.
  • Phishing emails have also been circulating. One of the reported scams involves sending an email to potential Pokémon Go players warning that the app is no longer free and advising to begin monthly payments if you would like to continue playing.

How to ensure your safety while continuing to enjoy the new app:

  • If you suspect you may have installed a malicious version of the app or received a phishing email, contact the ITS Help Desk immediately—they will direct you accordingly.

The Pokémon Go craze presents a prime opportunity for cybercriminals, so it’s important to remember to stay safe.

Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff. Protect UNB. Visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity for more safe computing techniques.