XRP Ledger or XRPL may have been the subject of a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks since the holidays. This was revealed by an expert in the field after conducting a probe into the surge of transaction activities in the blockchain in the past two weeks.
The Alleged DDoS Incident Within XRPL
XRPL expert Magnetic X just confirmed via the X platform (formerly Twitter) that hundreds of accounts have been orchestrating millions of transactions per day in the XRPL chain since December 26. The influx of processes brought about by these wallet addresses was the first to be observed in the XRPL network.
The analyst believes they may have been deliberate attempts to cripple the XRPL chain. By December 28, these activities peaked as they burned between 4,000 to 5,000 XRP daily in network fees.
The pattern according to the probe was simple and it involved hundreds, or probably thousands, of wallets directing 0.000001 XRP to a single address.
Was Ripple Testing Something?
Another scenario raised by the XRPL guru is the possibility that Ripple may only be testing something on the blockchain. However, this may be unlikely as it heavily affected users and various projects within the network.
Based on the XRPL sleuth’s experience, the soaring load on the nodes prevented their nodes from recovering their transaction history and synchronizing with the network’s upgrades. This was remedied by their team by augmenting the code, reconfiguring the node, and acquiring extra resources.
Despite successfully going around the issue, Magnetic X said the DDoS attack appeared to be a recurring matter. The analyst also brought up an interesting thought about the subject.
“Currently, there are 60-70 transactions per second on the network (usually 20-25 transactions per second), and even with such activity, network users are experiencing problems,” Magnetic X pointed out. “XRPL developers claim that the network can support 1500 transactions per second.”
“If issues like these arise at 60-70 tx/s, what will happen at 1500 tx/s?” the XRPL specialist questioned. “While very powerful validator and blockchain explorer nodes will likely withstand such a load, what will happen to public nodes or nodes with limited capacities (due to the owners’ inability to afford them)?”
RippleX Senior Official Says It’s Normal
RippleX’s Senior Software Engineer Mayukha Vadari was quick to quell the tension brewing up due to the worrying revelation of the pseudonymous XRPL investigator. For the tech expert, it was nothing but a normal spike in activity due to some scammy inscription projects.
Vadari reassured users that account deletes are now ongoing in the network to keep the load back to manageable levels.