STEPN app bombarded by another round of DDoS attacks
STEPN, the first of its kind mobile lifestyle app launched in 2021, faced massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
Find Satoshi Lab, creator of STEPN, advised its users to take a short break:
“We recommend that you rest during maintenance, otherwise workouts may not register correctly. Our engineers are working hard to resolve the issues.
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Following the breach, STEPN tokens also lost value (ICO Drops).
Network congestion and 25 million DDoS attacks
This tweet is intended to reassure users that its developers are fixing the issue. The servers are currently secure and the recovery period could be between 1 and 12 hours, according to the developers.
STEPN is a popular crypto game with Game-Fi and Social-Fi elements that encourage users to move, walk or run and be rewarded with Green Satoshi Token (GST) and Green Metaverse Token (GMT). Players buy NFT shoes to play and earn tokens when they walk or run outdoors.
Users have also been told that the game is facing “network congestion” challenges following the rapid 25 million DDoS attacks.
A DDoS attack occurs when hackers try to hack into a website by bombarding it with unwanted traffic. These attacks are quite common, especially in the crypto space.
STEPN deploys anti-cheat measures
Hackers seem to be very persistent in taking down STEPN. They have been taking the hits since April and then in May. Hackers desperately want to cripple the popular app by overloading it with DDoS attacks.
STEPN has also implemented an anti-cheat design in the application to prevent malicious and intentional tampering by users.
Play-to-win business models seem to have many security and sustainability issues, mainly due to the increase in the number of STEPN users.
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Some STEPN players have used bots and GPS spoofing to cheat and boost chips while using the app.
There were many runners identified not as humans but as bots. As a result, some users were banned from the platform.
After the attack, STEPN tokens also lost value. The tokens suffered a significant drop of 6% in the last 24 hours and a drop in trading volume of 20.56%. GMT and GST lead the way down after the correction.
There was also a significant increase in selling pressure. GMT’s social dominance has also collapsed by 70%; social volume also fell 92%.
On the other hand, GST works exceptionally well on Social Domination. Its value increased by 261%, but the social volume decreased by 97%.
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