Beware andriod users: Pokemon GO can be a malware

The new smash-hit game "Pokemon Go" could become bait for hackers wanting to take over your phone.
 
Researchers at security firm Proofpoint have already found an Android version of the game containing malware. Once installed, it uses a remote access tool called DroidJack that can give a hacker full access to the phone
 
Pokemon Go is the first Pokemon game sanctioned by Nintendo for iOS and Android devices. It was launched earlier this week, but so far it's only officially available in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia, through the App Store and Google Play.
 
That means people in other countries who are keen to get their hands on it might resort to side-loading the game from third-party app stores -- opening the door to a potentially infected version.
 
It said that the infected version uses the same startup screen as the original, making it harder to tell apart.
 
Luckily, there’s an easy way of seeing whether or not you have the legitimate version when installing it. Upon first launching the game, you are asked to allow permissions of the game.
 
These permissions should only be the following:
 
Record audio
Directly call phone numbers
Modify your contacts
Edit, send, receive, and read SMS/MMS
Location
Besides the other permissions mentioned above, the maliciously modified version of the game will ask for more permissions from the user:
 
Read web bookmarks and history
Connect and disconnect Wi-Fi
Run at startup
If you had already installed the game, you can check the app’s granted permissions by going into the App’s information and checking the permissions there. Check out the source-link for more technical information about the infected APK.
 
Be careful where you sideload the APK from if you do, and stay safe/pay attention when playing the game.
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Theoperative word in the opening paragraph is 'Could', however, the Risk is there for those who wish to circumvent getting there hand on the new game.  All should be hardy, no matter what the game is or the latest gadget, the Cyber Criminal will always be waiting there in the wings, waiting to strike.  Such is their 'modus operandi', so the Risk must be reviewed by all manufacturers and may be to advise all purchases of the Cyber Criminal ways.
Potential gamesters should be focused on were they purchase games.  I proffer, always buy from a source manufacturer and 'Never' from a backstreet outlet, as they will be the dodgy person, all they want is your money, card details etc.  Then you enter the world of 'Identity Theft' and probably a myriad of other crimes, but  the individual end up paying more than they considered!
Was it really worth it, ask yourself?