On Monday morning, Justin Sun was required to announce Tron. No, this wasn’t a publication about an announcement of a report that’s great for Tron, but rather, Sun was declaring an attack that occurred over the weekend.
As the mainnet 4.1 upgrades were going live, an attacker decided that it was the perfect timing to wreak havoc on the Tron network, making it practically useless until the Tron developers could come in and issue a fix – not how Sun had intended to spend his weekend, that’s for sure!
Ready. Aim. Fire!
As far as timing goes, this hacker timed it to completeness. When a mainnet upgrades, there’s regularly a period of vulnerability and people waiting to see what occurs. This presents the perfect scheme to slide in an attack, and if you can progress with it far enough, you can take hold of a network, and that’s accurately what this attacker did.
The attacker created a malicious contract that spammed the network with transactions. In turn, this caused Tron’s Super Representatives to stop producing blocks. This attack technique isn’t dangerous and results in no lasting harm to the network; it’s more pain in the butt attack. Think of it as a DoS.
Tron is has been revived!
The whole attack and fallout lasted just over three hours, emphasizing just how easy this type of attack is to stop. Notwithstanding, Sun utilized his marketing degree and used it to the max. Sun made the attack sound like it could have been the end of the world and that if it weren’t for Tron’s fast actions, the attack would have been far worse. In his Tweet thread, Sun wrote:
Withstand this large-scale attack, again, proving that the #TRON network is the decentralized network with the most resilience and attack defense capabilities in the industry!
Sadly, enduring a DDOS attack isn’t anything to toot your own horn about. It just goes to show how vulnerable and exposed Tron is. If a single developer can produce so many transactions and shut down the network, visualize what someone with a whole bot army could accomplish. Those are the types of attacks we see hitting other blockchain networks every week, and they fend them off with ease.
Go Back to Kindergarten, Sun
Justin Sun has regularly proven that his Tron network is the weakest in the blockchain world. A couple of transactions sends the system into chaos, not something you want as a developer. No wonder developers are staying put on the Ethereum network and not even thinking shifting over to Tron… Perhaps Sun should focus on being more superior to employees, and these things might not happen.