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Pokemon GO to shut down third-party apps that “hacks” data from its servers

Pokemon Go has created a new trend and its userbase is soaring. At the same time, the new augmented reality Pokemon catching game has seen a downward trend in the active user segment already. The new gaming and socializing platform, Pokemon Go has generated a few more platforms for hackers and unofficial helping app developers as well.

Apps like PokeVision and Poke Radar are accessing the data from the Pokemon server using unauthorized techniques and using this data to help users to catch Pokemons easily than the normal game. Niantic Labs, the developer of Pokemon Go has now shown its concern over this issue and warns such app developers to face action in near future.

In an interview with Forbes, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic Labs CEO spoke about such apps that helps its users by providing spawning areas of Pokemons, even the rarest Pokemons. He said:

“Yeah, I don’t really like that. Not a fan. We have priorities right now, but they might find in the future that those things may not work. People are only hurting themselves because it takes some fun out of the game. People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that’s against our terms of service.”

Meanwhile, the PokeVision app is said to be not cheating or gaining access to the Pokemon GO servers through backdoor. It’s using the simple log in to gather data and provide it to its users about the new Pokemons’ spawning area. According to some die-hard Pokemon fans, they like to use PokeVision-kind of apps as long as they provide the Pokemon tracking option, which was said to be shut down by Niantic Labs to improvise the server performance.

John Hanke’s “we have priorities now” could mean that they will first try to fix their own problems and stop leaking data through the “three step bug.” If they close the main door, then these apps will shut down easily. If they planned to continue with the current functions, then the company might take legal actions against many such apps.

According to a Reddit thread (unconfirmed source), The Pokemon Company International (the name is a bit fishy) is sending the cease and desist notice to app developers who create apps and bots that automatically catch Pokemons for users.

Interestingly, Nintendo delayed the release of the Pokemon GO Plus, a companion device, until September. If any Pokemon Go player wear this device on their wrists they will get notifications through an LED light and vibration if they are within range of a PokeStop. From there, they can either catch a Pokemon or get items, or both. With this device, users can catch Pokemons without opening the app on their smartphones.

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