Stepn, A ‘Move-To-Earn’ Application Suffers Cyber Attack After Upgrade

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Stepn, A ‘Move-To-Earn’ Application Suffers Cyber Attack

Stepn, a “move-to-earn” application hosted on the Solana blockchain, suffered multiple distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks after the cryptocurrency outfit updated its system. Stepn, known for giving users cryptocurrency rewards for walking or jogging, recommended that its users “get some rest” while it worked to secure its servers and recover from the various attacks.

The outage now experienced by Stepn holders follows an “anti-cheating” upgrade made on the network on June 3. This upgrade aimed to eliminate bots from the platform and prevent rewards from being obtained through the use of fraudulent motion data. Before users can use Stepn to get rewards for walking, jogging or running, they must first purchase a “virtual sneaker” in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT). The prices of these sneakers are denominated in Solana (SOL) and start from around $350 on OpenSea, an NFT marketplace.

Following the attack, Stepn announced on the social media platform Twitter

on Sunday, June 5, that its engineers were working to fix the cyber-attacks and that this could take between one to 12 hours. On Sunday, Stepn’s official handle tweeted,

“We have been under multiple DDOS attacks in the past hours. Our engineers are working hard to fix the problems. Securing the servers and recovery may take anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. We recommend you take some rest during the maintenance, otherwise, the work-outs may not be recorded properly. We will announce it here once the recovery is complete. Thank you so much for everyone’s patience.”

However, on Monday, the cryptocurrency platform announced via Twitter that it was working to resolve the issue. In the tweet, Stepn announced that its engineers are working on the issue and that most of the problems caused by the DDOS attacks have been addressed while encouraging members to continue using the platform for walking, jogging, and running.

Despite the DDOS attacks faced by Stepn, the cryptocurrency native token, the Green Satoshi Token (GST), did not see any major decline in the past few days.

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