Phenomenally popular smartphone app Pokemon Go was taken down by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack over the weekend. A hacker group known as PoodleCorp claimed credit for the attack in a tweet which simply read: “PokemonGo #Offline #PoodleCorp”

Meanwhile, an account claiming to be the collective’s leader said the attack was “just a lil test” and said it would do “something on a larger scale soon”.

The DDoS attack left users unable to log on to the mobile game for some parts of the weekend, and PoodleCorp has warned of a follow-up on August 1st.

“Since the launch of Pokemon Go, it’s all people can seem to talk about,” said Paul Haywood, managing director EMEA at Dyn. “But perhaps following this weekend, conversations haven’t been all that positive, as players found themselves unable to log in to the game as the result of a suspected DDoS attack.

“DDoS attacks are not only frustrating for eager Pokemon hunters to deal with, but they can have very real, detrimental consequences for businesses such as damaged brand reputation.”

Pokemon Go made cyber security headlines ahead of its official UK release after experts warned users of the risks of finding improvised ways to install the unreleased app.

Security researchers discovered a malicious version of the Android app that offered full functionality but also stole users’ personal data while they were out catching Pokemon.

“Taking into account the huge amount of Pokemon fans looking for the game on third-party sites, it was just a matter of time before a malicious version of the app appeared,” said McAfee mobile malware researcher Carlos Castillo.

Users have also been warned about their behaviour while playing the game, after reports emerged of players being mugged for their smartphones, being mistaken for criminals and even having to be rescued after falling over cliffs.

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