• On Solana, Civic has released a free tool to combat NFT-hungry bots

  • Civic’s Ignite Pass aims to combat bots targeting NFT drops on the Solana network by using artificial intelligence to verify video-based selfies.

    Civic Technologies, an identity verification tech firm, has released a free tool to combat botting activity in Solana-based nonfungible token (NFT) drops.

    Civic’s new “Ignite Pass” tool, announced on Monday, will filter out bots by requiring buyers to complete a liveness verification before being approved to make NFT purchases.

    According to Civic’s website, users will be required to take a video selfie in order to verify, after which an Ignite Pass will be issued to their wallet address. The pass is also valid for 24 hours in order to “limit the options of malicious botters verifying multiple wallets.”

    The website also stated that “Civic does not store this video selfie,” but did not specify whether the data was deleted or saved elsewhere.

    Ignite Pass is a free version of Civic Pass, the firm’s suite of Know Your Customer and Anti-Money Laundering compliance tools. The tools are intended for use with decentralized financial platforms, NFT marketplaces, and public blockchains.

    Civic Technologies CEO Chris Hart highlighted the revolutionary capabilities that nonfungible tokens have recently unlocked for artists, while also lamenting the negative impact that bots are having on creators:

    “Bots are more than a nuisance; they are destroying the trust that communities have built as well as the creators’ future prospects.”

    Bots gone rogue

    Due to high levels of botting activity on the platform, Dapper Lab’s NBA Top Shot was forced to delay the launch of a new series of Premium Packs in February earlier this year.

    The following month, many MoonCats NFTs users complained that the project had become overrun by bots programmed to collect new cats as soon as they appeared online.

    In response to the botting, MoonCat developers Ponderware polled the community on whether or not to destroy a private key containing a collection of rare unreleased MoonCat NFTs, with 72 percent voting “yes” during the 48-hour poll.

    Time Magazine sold out of 4,676 NFTs in less than a minute in September, according to Paradigm researcher Anish Agnihotri, who attributes the rapid sales to betting activity:

    “Many people were aware of the mainnet deployment ahead of time and were able to plan ahead to bot their transactions.”

    In September, a surge in bot activity targeting Grape Protocol’s initial DEX offering caused the Solana network to go down for approximately 17 hours.

    The Solana Foundation described the incident as a “denial of service attack,” estimating that the bots spammed the network with 400,000 transactions per second.

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