Blockchain-based move-to-earn app Stepn under DDoS attacks after upgrade


Solana-based move-to-earn application Stepan has reported multiple denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks after the platform was hit with a major anti-cheating upgrade.

Stepan took to Twitter on June 5 report good That the platform has suffered multiple DDoS attacks, leading to recovery maintenance and related improper performance.

According to the statement, Stepn was expecting up to 12 hours to secure and recover the server, but did not post an update for 20 hours as of the time of writing.


“Our engineers are working hard to fix the problems. We will announce here once the recovery is complete. Thank you so much for everyone’s patience,” Stepn wrote,

The attacks came shortly after Stepan introduced his anti-cheating system, referred to as the “Steppen Model for Anti-Cheating”, or SMAC, on 3 June. The system aims to eliminate fake users from the platform as well as prevent fraudulent motion data from the Stepn app in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage from the platform.

“The SMAC system specifically targets movement simulation by modifying actual walking/running data, thanks to our machine learning algorithms,” reads the description of the anti-cheating system.

Steppen reported on major platform issues shortly after moving forward with the upgrade, with SMAC mistakenly identifying some real users as bots. Other problems included network problems caused by a “25 million DDoS attack” as well as a temporary inability to track any bots on the platform.

“We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused to the users. The anti-cheating update may sound small, but it is actually an important cornerstone of Stefan’s long-term growth,” Stephen said.

Steppen’s native token, the Green Satoshi Token (GST), has not seen any significant drop over the past several days, despite the platform’s DDoS issues. In contrast, GST is up almost 10% over the past 24 hours, trading at $1.04 at the time of writing. According to data from CoinGecko, the coin has a market capitalization of $624 million.

Green Satoshi token seven-day price chart. Source: CoinGecko

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Launched in December 2021, Steppen is a leading move-to-earn mobile nonfungible token (NFT) game that allows users to earn tokens by walking, jogging or running outside with an NFT sneaker. The game has a dual token system, consisting of GST Token and Governance Token (GMT).

Stepn. as the news comes ready to limit the availability of its platform to users in mainland China until mid-July.