- StepN has once again become has target of multiple DDOS attacks.
- Developers are working on the application to resume services soon.
- StepN has announced halting its services in China mid-July.
The very popular game StepN, which uses Solana NFTs and earned fame in 2022, became the target of multiple distributed denial of service or DDOS attacks this weekend, the third such occurrence in as many months.
Styling itself as a Web 3.0 lifestyle app that blends aspects of play-to-earn (P2E) game with a fitness app, confirmed the attacks through a series of Twitter posts.
According to the app’s Twitter handle, its developers were still working to fix the issue at the time of this writing.
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
DDOS is an attack when malicious actors try to bring down a website overloading it with unnecessary traffic. In the crypto world, such attacks are quite common.
On Saturday, StepN, through a tweet, revealed that the application was suffering from congestion issues due to a 25 million DDOS attack sent to the server within a short period of time.
2/5. We were experiencing network issues due to a 25 million DDOS attack sent to the server within a short period of time. Due to network congestion, AI cannot receive user information and identify them as bots.
— STEPN | Public Beta Phase IV (@Stepnofficial) June 4, 2022
The back-to-back attacks signify that hackers are in a mood to bring down the popular app. In April and May, StepN announced that people were making attempts to cripple it by sending millions of DDOS attacks.
Last month, the Web 3.0 application disclosed its plan of halting its services in China from mid of July with a purpose of actively responding to relevant regulatory policies. As far as the reason behind banning StepN in China is there, it is unclear.
Following the closure of services on July 15, the owners of the NFT sneakers, which are a vital part of the game, will not be able to earn rewards.