STEPN App Suffers Multiple DDoS Attacks
  • STEPN app has encountered a second DDoS attack in 24 hours.
  • DDoS attacks are cybercrime where attackers flood a server with internet traffic.
  • The team apologized for the inconvenience and is now working to fix the problem.

The move-to-earn app STEPN was experiencing multiple DDoS attacks in the past hours. 

STEPN allows users that purchase the app’s NFTs in the form of Sneakers to earn their game token by walking, jogging, or running outdoors. The game token (GST) can be used for in-game utilities or cash out for profit.

The recent Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack on STEPN’s platform prevents users from accessing its app. STEPN team suggested its users to take a rest while they’re fixing the servers to avoid unrecorded work-outs.

On Friday, STEPN announced a new upgrade called Beta Phase IV Upgrade on anti-cheating. The app upgrade will prevent users from cheating, such as faking location (GPS spoofing), motion simulation, and holding multiple phones while moving.

While the team has been preparing for this new update, the app has experienced network issues due to 25 million DDoS attacks sent to its server yesterday. The network congestion didn’t allow its AI to receive user information and identified them as bots.

The Web3 lifestyle app has apologized for the inconvenience to the users who have been recognized as bots. To make amends, STEPN launched a double energy event upon restoration of its network.

However, a second DDoS attack has halted the app’s operation again today. In a tweet, the platform stated that servers are under emergency maintenance for the second time and recovery of its app was anywhere around one to twelve hours.

The team said its engineers are working to fix the problem and will announce once retrieval is finished.

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