Pokemon Go Hackers Mark August 1st On Calendar For Next DDOS Takedown

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The same hacking group that claimed responsibility for ticking off every Pokemon Go player on the planet by overwhelming the game's servers with a DDoS attack last weekend is planning another attack. Poodle Corp, as the hacker group calls itself, issued a notice on Twitter that the next barrage on Pokemon Go's servers will take place August 1.

Pokemon Go, for those of you who've taken residence under a rock, is a wildly popular mobile game that uses augmented reality. It's really a glorified scavenger hunt, tasking players with catching Pokemon characters by flinging Poke balls at them. The twist here is that the game uses your phone's built-in camera to see Pokemon characters in the real world, even allowing you to take photos with them in the snapshot.
Everyone and their uncle is playing Pokemon Go, as you might have noticed if you've stepped outside in the past couple of weeks. The unprecedented interest in a mobile game is directly responsible for driving Nintendo's stock up and more than doubling the company's market capitalization to 4.5 trillion yen ($42.5 billion) since it launched two weeks ago.

So what's Poodle Corp's beef with Pokemon Go?

"We take the servers offline because it is popular right now and nobody can stop us," a member of the group is quoted as saying. "We do it because we can, nobody can stop us and we just like to cause chaos. We chose August 1 so we have time to relax and not care about doing anything."

Whether or not Poodle Corp goes through with the attack remains to be seen. However, you may want to think about what you used to do before Pokemon Go became a thing and consider revisiting it on August 1, just in case.