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Pentagon Takes Aim at “Pokemon Go” Over Spying Fears

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Pentagon Takes Aim at “Pokemon Go” Over Spying Fears

Since its initial release in July, “Pokemon Go” has become a global phenomenon, with more than 100 million downloads worldwide. However, while the mobile game has attracted legions of players, it’s also stoked fears about security, privacy and, oh, OK, the devil.

Russian government officials and nationalist groups made headlines two weeks ago with concerns “Pokemon Go” could be a CIA, or satanic plot, and just last week Iran became the first country to block access to the game entirely. But it turns Pikachu & Co. have spurred national-security concerns a bit closer to home — specifically, in the Pentagon.

According to The Washington Times, the U.S. Defense Department has banned Pokemon Go” within its facilities due to potential security risks.

A July 19 memo to employees and contractors reportedly outlined the concerns, including the game’s use of GPS, which could be used to provide accurate locations of rooms and sensitive facilities. There are also concerns the app could provide personal information on Pentagon officials that could be used for cyber attacks or recruitment efforts.
Uproxx notes that in the initial release of “Pokemon Go,” a gym was located at the entrance to the Pentagon. However, that was quickly removed.

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