Pokemon Go Hack Location Spoofing
Pokémon GO is live in the Play Store in the US. Niantic says Australia, New Zealand, and the US are the official markets right now. The listing is visible worldwide, but you can only install it in select places (officially). Canada, Europe, and South America will be added soon, but it sounds like some people in these regions are already able to install the app.
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Pokémon Go has only been available in the United States for a day, but already intrepid players are finding ways to cheat the game. By tricking a phone’s built-in GPS into providing a false set of coordinates, unethical Pokétrainers who would definitely be members of Team Rocket are tricking Pokémon Go into letting them visit anywhere without leaving the house. They are also—and this is important—definitely risking a perma-ban from PokéDeveloper Niantic if they get caught.
As Motherboard contributor Heidi Kemps discovered after a week with the game, the heart of Pokémon Go is getting off of the couch and out of the house. If they can get on Pokemon Go’s servers, which at the time of writing can barely handle the load, players explore their neighborhoods and capture Pokémon in museums, universities, and shoes.
A few redditors on the Pokémon Go subreddit are trading tips on GPS spoofing, which involves running a rootkit to take control of an Android device’s operating system, installing various unapproved bits of software, and letting these new programs report a GPS location of your choosing. In fact, this method can even do your walking for you. As one user wrote, “Make sure you change locations at a human speed… there is a setting at the bottom that automatically moves location randomly. Set the distance to something small so you move as if you were running (maybe a bit faster) and just leave your phone on to gain [kilometers].”
There are two practical uses for spoofing GPS like this. The first is to make Pokémon Go think you’re somewhere you won’t or can’t go, like a special gym somewhere in Japan or the home of a rare Pokémon somewhere in New Zealand. The second is just plain laziness: items and experience in Pokémon Go grow the more you walk around, so GPS spoofing could be used to convince the app you’re walking miles and miles every day.
Compared to the security researcher who found that convicts confined to home arrest could use GPS spoofing to evade their sentence, or the researchers who found that GPS vulnerabilities could mess up air traffic control and military communications, this is a pretty trivial exploit.
The fear of Niantic’s wrath is real. Its previous game, Ingress, was protected by an aggressive anti-cheating tool that banned players all over the world. When it first appeared, it took some members of the community by surprise. If Niantic’s banhammer does come down on anyone messing about with Pokémon Go, it is likely to again be swift and merciless.
Can You Hack The ‘Pokemon Go’ GPS? It’s Possible, But It Could Also Be Risky
I’ve got to be honest with y’all: I downloaded “Pokemon Go” the day it came out. (Like minutes after the app was released.) Unfortunately, the server crashed and it took me hours to log in. It took me forever to create an avatar, but before longco I was hunting Pokemon like a pro. Before long, I had an Eevee and a Rhyhorn. I had a Fearow and a Pidgeotto. But then I learned I could breed Pokemon. (Well, you can grow Pokemon in eggs and hatch them by moving, walking, and taking steps.) But can you hack the “Pokemon Go” GPS? Can you trick the system and help those eggs hatch quicker? According to several Reddit users and Motherboard you can, but there is a risk.
This hack could come at a cost.
In fact, according to Niantic — the development company behind “Pokemon Go” — players are not to use “any unauthorized third-party software (e.g. bots, mods, hacks, and scripts) to modify or automate operation,” or “attempt to circumvent any restriction in any Service,” including restrictions on geography. If you do, Niantic has the power to “suspend or terminate your access to some or all” of the game.
And the company will do it.
In fact, just last month Niantic banned countless players who were cheating inIngress, the company’s previous creation.
However, if you aren’t worried about being blacklisted, you can spoof your phone’s GPS system. (According to a “Pokemon Go” subreddit, spoofing an Android phone involves running a rootkit to take control of the device’s operating system, installing various pieces of unapproved software, and letting these new programs report whatever GPS location you choose. It seems spoofing an iPhone is another matter entirely.) One redditor said the trick to “safe spoofing” — i.e. cheating without getting caught — is to change locations frequently and move at a normal speed:
Yibada also published an article on “Pokemon Go” GPS spoofing earlier this week, which shows people how to spoof without getting banned.
However, it should be noted that not everyone has been able to get this “hack” to work. Another redditor on the “Pokenmon Go” subreddit said that his/her game detected “mock locations…[was] enabled [on their phone] and shutsdown [all in-game] movement.”
Personally, I think that sounds like a whole lotta extra work to “catch em’ all,” and I would rather go walk around my neighborhood, a museum, or even the mall — heck, I could strap it to my hyperactive toddler and get better results — but hey, to each their own. Because at the end of the day, “Pokemon Go” is a game.