The well-known “Move to Earn” app STEPN, which is based on Solana (SOL), has reported several denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Shortly before, the platform had undergone a major anti-fraud upgrade.
On June 5, STEPN announced on Twitter that the platform had been the victim of a series of DDoS attacks. Due to this, maintenance work for restoration and, as a result, performance losses occurred.
We have been under multiple DDOS attacks in the past hours. Securing the servers and recovery may take anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. We recommend you take some rest during the maintenance or otherwise the work-outs may not be recorded properly.
– STEPN / Public Beta Phase IV (@Stepnofficial) June 5, 2022
According to the statement, STEPN expected to be able to backup and restore the servers in about 12 hours.
“Our developers are working to fix the problems. We will announce here once the restoration is complete. Thank you for your patience,” as STEPN wrote. After more than 24 hours, the app was available again.
The attacks came shortly after STEPN unveiled its anti-fraud system, the so-called “STEPN Model for Anti-fraud” (SMAC), on Friday. The system is designed to remove fraudulent users from the platform and prevent fake transaction data on the STEPN app. With these means, some users are trying to profit from the platform through fraud.
“The SMAC system specifically targets motion simulations by changing the real walking/running data thanks to our machine learning algorithm,” as stated in the description of the anti-fraud system.
STEPN reported major problems with the platform shortly after the upgrade, as SMAC mistakenly identified some real users as bots. In addition, there were network problems caused by a “25 million DDOS attack”, and temporarily bots could not be tracked on the platform.
“We regret the inconvenience caused to users. The anti-fraud update may seem small, but it is an important cornerstone for the long-term development of STEPN,” said ST.
Despite the DDoS problems on the platform, STEPN’s token called Green Satoshi Token (GST) has not seen a big drop in recent days. The GST has even increased by around 10 percent in the last 24 hours and was at $ 1.04 at the time of writing. The market capitalization of the token is $ 624 million, according to CoinGecko.
Green Satoshi Token, seven-day chart. Source: CoinGecko
STEPN was launched in December 2021 and is a great mobile game where users can earn tokens by walking, jogging or running. In addition, you will receive an NFT sneaker. The game uses two tokens, namely the GST token and the governance token GMT.
STEPN also wants to restrict its platform for users in mainland China by mid-July.
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