Solana is supposedly the target of a DDoS assault, but the network remains operational
According To Reports, The Solana Blockchain Was Subjected To Another DDoS Assault, Which Momentarily Clogged The Network, Although The Network Seemed To Stay Operational.
Over the last 24 hours, Solana’s blockchain performance has apparently been impacted by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) assault, although the network seems to have remained operational.
A DDoS attack is when a large number of coordinated devices or a botnet overwhelms a network with bogus traffic in order to bring it down.
This would not be the first time Solana has had this problem; in September, Cointelegraph reported that the network experienced a 17-hour downtime owing to widespread bot activity for an initial DEX offering (IDO) on Solana-based DEX platform Raydium.
Blockasset, a Solana-based NFT platform, revealed the latest DDoS assault on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. UTC, noting that: “We are aware that token distribution takes time. The Solana chain has been overwhelmed by DDoS assaults, clogging the network and creating delays.”
GenesysGo, a Solana-based infrastructure provider, also commented on the issue, noting that the validator network was encountering difficulties processing transaction requests, but urged patience, blaming the issue on “growing pains.”
At this point, the nature of the event is unknown, since the Solana Foundation has not officially confirmed any assaults, while Status. Solana indicates that the network is fully operating at the time of writing.
However, many sources on Twitter claimed that Solana was down globally, with Verbit CEO Roy Murphy (a proponent of BSV) declaring that “Solana collapsed again and is now unavailable.” Engineers are investigating the possibility of rebooting the system.’ Seriously, you cannot concoct this shite!”
Members of the r/Solana subreddit earlier today blamed the network congestion on another Raydium IDO launch, with user “u/Psilodelic” publishing a post headlined “Why do Raydium IDOs clog the Solana network and what is being done about it?”
“At the moment, my primary worry with Solana is the performance effect of high-volume activities associated with Raydium IDOs and launches. Almost every performance problem in the last six months, including the 17-hour outage, has been traced back to a Raydium launch,” they stated.
In response, one of the group’s moderators, “Laine sa,” could not specifically clarify whether the Solana network’s problems were once again Raydium-related, but did highlight that deliberate “stop gaps” had been put in place to keep Solana online after the September DDoS attack:
“At the moment, a workaround is in place that prioritizes vote transactions in order to avoid a complete crash; other modifications to the way limits and fees are computed are in the works, but this is not a rapid fix that can be pushed out in a few weeks, which is why it’s taking so long. However, it is being investigated.”
Cointelegraph has reached out to numerous Solana developers for comment on the DDoS assault and will update this article when new information becomes available.
According to Coingecko statistics, the price of Solana (SOL) has decreased by 6.4 percent in the last 24 hours to $182.79 at the time of writing. SOL has lost 26.1 percent in the last 30 days, as most of the leading crypto assets have seen a sell-off.