Pokemon Go Banned On IDF Bases

Israeli military concerned that viral app activates camera and GPS, and has spawned less secure copycat apps

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Nintendo’s viral mobile hit game Pokemon Go has been deemed a security risk by the IDF and banned on all Israeli military bases.

The IDF’s Security Division this week determined that because Pokemon Go activates a mobile phone’s camera and location sensors (GPS) it could be exploited by hostile elements to locate Israeli military installations.

A further concern is that a number of look-alike apps have made their way into mobile app stores, and are being downloaded by millions who believe they are downloading Pokemon Go.

As a result, IDF officers and enlisted soldiers have been ordered not to play Pokemon Go while on base.

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