Some hacker trainers figured out how to put eggs to good use protecting Gyms they hold down. Niantic's developers better work through another weekend to close this glitch.
Here is yet another reason why Niantic needs to shut down unauthorized access to the Pokemon Go servers. Some hackers found out that you can place eggs into a Gym and block it. The idea behind this is that a trainer holding down a gym is placing an egg with a throw away account into the gym. Because Niantic did not anticipate that someone would induce eggs into gyms, the Gym code stops working. There is no way anymore to engage in a new battle. The trainer holding down the gym, owns the Gym until Niantic figures it out to ban the account.
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The video below shows how an "egged" Gym looks like. There is no way to fight the Gym leader. The Pokemon Eggs are meant to be placed in an incubator, and the Egg will hatch into a Pokemon as you walk. Placed in a Gym, they wrack havoc.
The eggs are placed through a Pokemon Go API. Niantic's recent introduction of a digital signature has only kept 3rd party developers out for about two days. Bots and real-time trackers are working again. Some real-time Pokemon Go trackers even showed up in the iTunes app store again.
Niantic has launched an offensive against Pokemon bot users and GPS spoofers handing out permanent bans. The number of banned accounts is though still low. We estimate based on information from bot makers that there are millions of trainers using bots. This is an epidemic in Pokemon Go.
The Pokemon Go egg gym hack could trigger a new security update that will render all bots and 3rd party software useless once again. It is a cat and mouse game that Niantic is willing to play to protect the game.
Pokemon Go is just 5 weeks old and has already over 100 million trainers. Equally impressive is the amount of code that has been developed by programmers around the world to exploit the game with bots and other tools that help trainers find Pokemon. The massive usage of Pokemon Go maps has caused part of the server issues Niantic had before rolling out to South America. Niantic itself had though its own problems with the Pokemon tracking feature. They removed it to conserve server resources.
If programmers can place eggs in the Pokemon Go game through the unofficial API library, they could potentially unleash tons of Pokemon clones or increase CPs of their Pokemon.
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The new in-app Pokemon Go tracker is in testing and will roll out soon to all trainers. I predict that once that feature is available to all trainers, Niantic is going to full lock down the Pokemon Go servers. More Pokemon Go News