For the Seventh time this year, Solana goes dark as bots invade the network
Mining bots activities led to an unprecedented four million transactions which led to immense network congestion.
Solana, a blockchain-powered network designed to host decentralized, scalable applications; create and sell non-fungible tokens, suffered an outage for the seventh time in 2022.
This network outage was caused by the activities of mining bots on the Candy machine program, a tool that utilizes the Metaplex command-line interface (CLI) to generate an NFT, attach a picture, and relevant metadata to the NFT token to set up a fair auction.
The consequence of the bots activities led to an unprecedented four million transactions or one hundred million gigabits of data per second, which led to immense network congestion, knocking out validators, thereby preventing them from confirming transactions on the proof of stake consensus mechanism platform.
This outage started on the 30th of April, lasted for seven hours, and rolled over into the 1st of May. It was eventually resolved when validator operators completed a cluster of Mainnet Beta.
In an official statement from the Metaplex Twitter handle, the company wrote:
Today #Solana mainnet-beta went down partially due to botting on the Metaplex Candy Machine program.
The company pledged to lay down botting penalties as part of efforts to stabilize the network and regain users' trust.
Solana Co-founder Anatoly Yakovenko applauded the validator community for leading the charge for the mainnet recovery.
Meanwhile, this recent occurrence will be the seventh time this year that Solana has suffered an outage, according to a status report on its website.