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 the maintenance, otherwise the workouts may not be recorded correctly. Our engineers are working hard to resolve the issues.
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Following the breach, STEPN tokens have also dropped in value (ICO Drops).
Network congestion and 25 million DDoS attacks
This tweet aims to reassure users that their 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 sneakers to play and earn tokens when walking or running outdoors.
Users have also been told that the game is facing “network congestion” challenges following the rapid 25 million DDosS attacks.
A DDoS attack occurs when hackers try to hammer 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 bringing 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 app to prevent malicious and intentional tampering by users.
To playThe “to-earn” 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 GPS spoofing and bots to cheat and increase tokens while using the app.
There were a lot of runners identified not as humans but as bots. As a result, some users were banned from the platform.
Following 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 bearish path after the correction.
There was also a significant increase in selling pressure. The social dominance of the GMT has also collapsed by 70%; social volume also fell by 92%.
On the other hand, GST does exceptionally well in Social Domination. Its value increased by 261%, but the social volume decreased by 97%.
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