Solana Down for Second Time This Week; Should Users be Concerned?

January 08, 2022, 10:45 AM AEST - 7 months ago

It appears Solana is down for the second time this week. As Crypto News Australia reported, Solana suffered a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on January 4, leading to slow network performance and failed transactions.

SOL Community Outraged

Then on January 6, Solana Status announced that the network had suffered a “degraded performance due to an increase in high compute transactions”. SOL co-founders and members are denying another possible DDoS attack and that it was rather a “congestion issue”. As expected, the message wasn’t well received by the community:

Solana Beach shows that the average TPS (transactions per second) rate is back to around 1500. However, roughly 80 percent of those are not smart contract transactions, but on-chain consensus messages.

As previously explained by Twitter user and crypto enthusiast EdnStuff, the more validators join the network, the number of consensus messages grows exponentially, not linearly:

Third Time’s the Charm?

This is the third time that Solana has been struck by a DDoS attack, or as its co-founders prefer to call it, a “congestion issue”. More SOL users are complaining about the constant crashes and condemning the network’s vulnerability. After all, it was only two days ago that Solana crashed due to a DDoS attack. Already on December 14, the Solana blockchain was jammed after suffering a DDoS attack that led to huge delays.

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