In Russia Pokemon catch YOU
New evidence points to Russian interference in Pokemon Go, among other popular online services.
A report from CNN claims Russian political meddling used YouTube, Tumblr, and Pokemon Go to “sow discord among Americans.”
It’s not quite as cut and dry as planting a hard to find Pokemon somewhere and hoping to gain intelligence information from a hapless NSA Pokemon Go addict. In fact, the meddling was more of a bait and switch as far as Pokemon Go is concerned.
According to the report, Pokemon Go wasn’t directly changed, but rather “game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties,” according to a statement in the report from Pokemon Go creators Niantic.
Niantic also told CNN Pokemon Go “was not and cannot be used to share information between users,” so it’s not possible for any intelligence agents to use it for identifying users.
Mostly, the whole report is weird and bizarre, and basically par for the course for 2017.
Pokemon Go’s Equinox Event wrapped up earlier this month. During the event, players earned double the stardust for catching Pokemon or hatching eggs.
Seth Macy likes Pokemon Go but would like it even better if Pokemon were living, breathing creatures who lived among us. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy