Pokemon Go became a social phenomenon when it was launched a few months ago. The game required you to locate and catch Pokemon in augmented reality (AR).
The AR setup makes it so that you see the Pokemon world when you look through the camera on your phone. This meant that you had to walk around to look for Pokemon to catch them.
Recently, the National Telecom and Information Technology Board (NTISB) has told its officers to not download the Pokemon Go game. The game was previously banned by the United States and Israel’s defense departments due to security concerns.
How Pokemon Go Can Be a Potential Threat
What makes the game a possible threat to their security is that it turns on GPS automatically and also uses the camera on your phone to view your surroundings. If someone hacks into the game, they can easily locate you using GPS and the camera to view your surroundings. This can cause serious national security problems in sensitive areas.
The letter by NTISB mentions that it poses technical and non-technical threats. The technical threats are the same as the ones mentioned earlier, GPS and camera used to find your location or to spy on you. The non-technical threat is that the person playing the game is not wary of his/her surroundings which can cause the person injury.
You may recall cases of people getting injured by car drivers playing Pokemon Go or pedestrians walking in front of a vehicle while playing the game. Even though the game gained a lot of popularity, it has since then waned with time, with other apps replacing it for the top spot as the most popular app.