FastPokeMap Shuts Down Pokemon Scanner Again

Posted: Oct 26 2016, 7:22am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 29 2016, 1:58pm CDT , in Technology News


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FastPokeMap Shuts Down Pokemon Scanner Again
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The Pokemon Go tracker FastPokeMap stops scanning again as Niantic rolled out a new security measure.

The creator of FastPokeMap just announced to shut down the real-time Pokemon Go tracker again amidst new security measures deployed by Niantic. The team behind FastPokeMap broke through the security Niantic put in place on October 7 on Sunday and was providing real-time Pokemon scanning since then.

The scanning service had issues and was slower and more constraint than before the first shutdown on October 7. Now Niantic has apparently reacted to FastPokeMap accessing their servers again. A new unspecified security measurement forces FastPokeMap to shut down within the next hours. Theoretically the service still works, but only at 20% says the FPM developer. He needs two to three days to make adjustments to make the service work 100% again. Apparently they already know how to circumvent the new security measure.

Update 4: On October 29, FastPokeMap switched to spawn based scanning. Spawnscanning involves placing bots at known Pokemon spawn points, which limits its use in rural areas. According to an update on Discord, the FastPokeMap developer (Waryas) is working on a solution. After some turmoil, the FastPokeMap team has released the new Pokemon Go API to the developer community.

Update 3: The FastPokemap creator has upgraded the Pokemon Go scanning accounts to use the latest protocol rolled out in 0.43.4. The service was down during the upgrade, but is back up. Scanning is though very slow or not working at all. In my tests at 10pm PDT, I could not find any Pokemon with FastPokeMap. There is still the implementation of the Captcha handling missing that is supposed to be ready somewhen Thursday or Friday.

Update 2: Niantic forced now version 0.43.3 and FastPokeMap has shutdown to protect its accounts. The 3rd party Pokemon tracker developers have already reverse engineered 0.43.x but need time to implement the changes. The creator of FastPokeMap said on Discord that Niantic is trying to shut them down hard. He also said that he would stop the service if Niantic would offer a real Pokemon tracker.

Update 1: The FastPokeMap developers have now detailed the problem. Niantic has made the Captcha more aggressive banning FastPokeMap scanner accounts more frequently. They need to stop scanning to not lose all accounts. The developers tease IV's and move sets of Pokemon displayed in the map. As mentioned above the creator of FastPokeMap is confident to find a solution against the Captcha and getting accounts banned.

FastPokeMap is supposed to work again on the coming weekend. The decision to a complete shut-down is not definitive yet. It is possible the service keeps on running at the 20% functionality until fixed.

Niantic has now a multi-layer security in place that makes running unauthorized 3rd party software very difficult. Niantic uses Google's SafetyNet to block the app from running on rooted Android. A heavily obfuscated encryption tries to make sure only the app can communicate with Pokemon Go servers. When the server detects unusual behavior, a captcha appears that needs to be resolved by a real user. Then there are also restrictions on how fast a scanner can move around. The 30mph limit has an impact on GPS spoofers and Pokemon scanner accounts.

Niantic managed to score some positive points with players in the past hours with the Pokemon Go Halloween Event.

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