Civic launches free tool to combat bot activity on Solana-based NFT launches

Identity verification technology company Civic Technologies has released a free tool to combat bot activity on Solana (SOL) -based NFT launches.

According to an announcement dated November 8th Civic’s new “Ignite Pass” tool filters out bots that buyers are required to perform a life check on before being approved for NFT purchases.

The Civic website advises that Users are required to take a video selfie for verification and once verification is complete an Ignite Pass will be issued to their wallet address. The pass remains active for 24 hours to “limit the possibilities of malicious bots verifying multiple wallets.”

Civic launches free tool to combat bot activity on Solana-based NFT launches
Civic launches free tool to combat bot activity on Solana-based NFT launches

The website also advises that “Civic will not save this selfie video”, However, it is not clarified whether the data will be deleted or saved elsewhere.

Ignite Pass is a free version of the company’s Customer Compliance (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) knowledge toolkit, Civic Pass. The tools are designed for decentralized financial platforms (DeFi), NFT markets and public blockchains.

The CEO of Civic Technologies, Chris Hart highlighted the revolutionary abilities that non-fungible tokens recently unlocked for artists and lamented the negative impact bots have on creators:

“Bots are more than a nuisance: they destroy the trust that communities have built and the future prospects of their creators.”

The bots are going crazy

In February of this year, The NBA top shot from Dapper Lab had to delay the introduction of a new series of Premium Packs due to the high bot activity on the platform.

The following month Many users of the NFT MoonCats complained that the project had been raided by bots programmed to collect new cats as soon as they started online.

In response to bots MoonCat developers, Ponderware, held a vote to decide whether or not to destroy a private key containing a collection of rare MoonCat NFTs, and 72% of the community voted “yes”. during the 48-hour survey.

In September, TIME magazine sold out 4,676 NFTs in less than a minute, and paradigm researcher Anish Agnihotri attributed to fast sales to bot activities:

“A lot of people knew about the mainnet implementation in advance and were able to plan their bot transactions in advance.”

Increased activity from bots targeting the Grape Protocol’s Initial DEX Offering (IDO) also resulted in the Solana network crashing. Separate for about 17 hours in September.

The Solana Foundation called the incident a “denial of service attack” and estimated that the bots had saturated the network with a transaction load of around 400,000 per second.

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