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Pokemon Go News: Bots, Trackers Defeated By Simple Captcha Detector

By Benjie Batanes , Aug 25, 2016 05:00 AM EDT
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Pokemon Go bot and third party trackers are reportedly being defeated by Niantic's new countermeasure. A Reddit user claimed that captcha is being used to detect cheaters in the game.

It now appears that Niantic is serious in dealing with Pokemon Go cheaters. It has recently issued soft ban and permaban to erring players. The developer has also recently introduced a new security measure that will keep out bots, third party trackers and "Man in the Middle" (MitM) users from their servers and Pokemon Go. Suspected cheaters will receive a captcha screen to verify their legitimacy, according to Pokemon Go Hub.

Niantic versus Bots and Trackers

Niantic and third party bots and tracker providers have been playing a cat and mouse game for quite some time now. The mobile game app developer seemed to have gained the upper hand for now.

Meanwhile, various bot and third party tracker users are talking about their experiences in dealing with Niantic's new captcha feature. Based on their discussions, it seems the developer has managed to make cheating difficult for them.

Industry observers believed that Pokemon Go hackers are now busy creating their own programs to counter the captcha safeguard. But the odds seem to be against them, according to a Reddit post.

How does captcha work?

Niantic's captcha is based on Google's own reCaptcha. It will monitor the online movement of Pokemon Go players even after checking the "I'm not a robot" box. The captcha will reappear if Niantic's server suspects that the player is cheating. Instead of a checkbox, players will need to sign again by typing the letter appearing in the screen.

Are Bot and third party trackers throwing in the towel?

A number of bot and third party trackers are calling it quits. Aside from captcha, Niantic is expected to roll out a security API known only as "unknown6". A similar API released earlier was unlocked by hackers in less than 72 hours. This upcoming API however, seems a tougher nut to crack.

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