Next Pokemon GO Update finally blocks cheaters

Since the dawn of Pokemon GO, there have been hackers making use of their ability to spoof their way through the game. 

Now, with the release of the next Pokemon GO update, Niantic has finally figured out how to kick out all manner of spoofers, hackers, and general chaos-makers. While a previous update appeared to do this, Niantic’s spread of ousting techniques didn’t quite cover all versions of the game. Now they’ve figured out what works, and they’re rolling out the block.

Niantic’s latest move is to work with the same system that several NFC wireless payment systems do on Android devices. It’s called Safety Net, and it makes certain that the user’s smartphone isn’t rooted.


It’s also become apparent that Niantic’s implementation of Safety Net (now and/or in the very near future) will not be blocked from viewing the device’s modified Android system. This means that any use of CyanogenMod, for example, will not be tolerated.

An anonymous message from a source familiar with the matter suggested that “encryption from versions of the game before 0.37 is different from what’s found above version 0.39. API uses encryption from the lower versions while newer versions rely on new, unbroken encryption.”

“As of now, any account for any version of the game below 0.39 will see the ‘update’ button in-game and will be unable to do anything but walk (without egg or candy reward) until they update. Any user playing with an automatic system will be flagged as they proceed to move in the game without updating, and a later set of bans will be enforced. Soon.”


Current downloads include the string “minimum_client_version”: “0.39.0”, which means no user will be able to play the game with any lesser version for long.

Source: SlashGear
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