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Solana Faces Seven-Hour Outage After Bots Overwhelm NFT Minting App

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On Saturday, Solana faced its seventh outage thus far in 2022. The outage lasted for seven hours overnight between Saturday and Sunday and is being attributed to a swarm of bots that overwhelmed the Candy Machine, a tool for minting non-fungible tokens

Metaplex, the NFT platform powering Candy Machine, identified the bots inside the dApp as the primary cause of Solana's downtime and revealed a plan to address the issue and prevent it from happening again.

Metaplex elaborated on their plan stating,

“To combat this, we have merged and will soon deploy a botting penalty to the program as part of a broader effort to stabilise the network. Candy Machine is used by a majority of new SolanaNFT projects to launch their collections. In this change, a 0.01 SOL penalty will be collected when a wallet attempts to complete an invalid transaction, which is typically done by bots that are blindly trying to mint.”



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