Everyone's been trying to catch 'em all and no one has been reading the fine print. Yesterday the entire Internet realized they had basically given Niantic, the company behind Pokemon Go, full access to their Google accounts. Who knows what really happened, but it sounds like everything should be on the up and up soon - in a statement sent out to multiple publications, Niantic has said that Google will reduce the permissions granted to Pokémon Go soon. But that's enough for an intelligence agency to tap into the servers of a company with a game just went viral in a Pokemon Go kind of way to dig up data about users.
Pokemon Go is a smartphone game developed by software development company Niantic, based on the popular Nintendo franchise. No additional information has been collected by the app, and certainly won't be going forward due to it's new level of access.
A blog named the iOS version of the app to be a "huge security risk" with "full access to your Google account". Most apps request only basic access to your account, unless they're owned by Google. This competes with the leading apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. The game has players scurrying about in the real world, capturing animated creatures in what is probably the first hit title to rely on augmented reality.
She says: "So I thought, 'cos I didn't understand how it worked, if I downloaded the game I could catch all the Pokemon in my work and people would quit coming to catch 'em".
The department also warned that robbers were preying on players drawn to rich troves of Pokemon monsters in parking lots or other places where victims might be vulnerable.
"Do not run into trees, meters, and things that are attached to the sidewalk; they hurt", he said.
The app, which was released last week but only in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, has added more than $7 billion in market value, Bloomberg TV anchor Vonnie Quinn reported on "Bloomberg Markets" Tuesday morning.
Some analysts have been upbeat about the money-making potential for Pokemon GO, largely from small purchases made while playing - and the positive signs for other mobile gaming launches planned by Nintendo for 2016 and 2017.