'Pokemon Go' reportedly got targeted by Russian-linked meddling trolls

Russian-linked campaign used Pokemon Go to meddle in election

Russian-linked campaign used Pokemon Go to meddle in election

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.

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The CNN story came after the New York Times reported earlier this month that Kremlin-linked cyber workers promoted content on Facebook that appeared to be of American origin, but was created to sow division on political issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Internet Research Agency created a website (donotshoot.us) along with several related accounts across all social media platforms in order to build a "broad online ecosystem".

A report from CNN revealed that Russian Federation is working with a team called, Internet Research Agency. As part of these efforts, the group encouraged its followers to make use of a feature that allows users to rename any Pokemon that they have captured. If Pokemon Go players completed those two tasks, they could send a screenshot to an email in return for supposed prizes, including Amazon gift cards.

"It's clear from the images shared with us by CNN that our game assets were appropriated and misused in promotions by third parties without our permission", Niantic, the makers of Pokémon Go, said in a statement provided to CNN.

Details are emerging about a Russian-linked campaign that sought to influence United States politics through a wide variety of social media platforms. This "contest" required people to take screen shots from their phone and share over other social networks, not within our game. The Don't Shoot Us Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages have been suspended. The page was one of hundreds shut down after Facebook realized their connection to the IRA.

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