Pentagon bans Pokemon Go

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Spying Fears Lead to Pentagon Pokemon Restrictions

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    The popular Pokemon Go is now a no-no at the Pentagon. The Defense Department, citing fears of spying, has banned the game from employees’ work phones, and ordered a stop to play inside the building and other department facilities, according to published accounts.

    DoD’s primary concern appears to be the game’s tracking of players—fine in a public park, problematic in a highly secure facility. The game uses GPS and Google Maps to meld the game’s digital creatures with the player’s real world location.

    According to The Guardian, the Pentagon recently had a “gym,” an area where Pokemon players can fight and train the virtual characters they have gathered. The gym, which would have been designated by the game’s distributor Niantic, is now gone, the Guardian reports.

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    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...-lead-pentagon-pokeman-restrictions/88631152/
     
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    Technofox That Norwegian girl Staff Member Ret. Military Developer

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    So what was the Pokémon in the Pentagon's gym?

    Groom Lake also has a gym (it might not anymore), but it was empty. Of course this becomes less surprising when you realize what Groom Lake is normally called - Area 51.

    But yeah, from a security point of view this is a prudent course.
     
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    You know whats funny? In the middle of the Pentagon in the outside garden area there is a small building, back in the cold war the Soviets were always wondering why the hell everyone was going to that central point. They though it was the brain of the pentagon or the place where all of the action was occurring. Later on they found out it was a hot dog stand. :chef:

    “Rumor has it that during the Cold War the Russians never had any less than two missiles aimed at this hot dog stand,” Brett Eaton, an information and communications officer for Washington Headquarters Services, said while standing in front of the building. “They thought this was the Pentagon’s most top secret meeting room, and the entire Pentagon was a large fortress built around this hot dog stand.”

    http://archive.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=1049

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    @Zaslon @Soyuz Funny cold war story.

    Imagine Pentagon employees running around with phones in their hands and some foreign power trying to figure out what they are doing. "Is it some kind of new US work trend or what". Later on they find out the employees were burning their hours playing Pokemon go.
     
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    And what about Ingress, guys? Geolocations, more difficult rules, team work, conspirology gameplay, players are "agents", using for communications Zello and Telegram, one side is "Resistance" (city partisans), other is traitors of humanity working for aliens...
     
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