Tron dApp network seems to be infected by the dApp bots, which inflate the usage statistics artificially.
A new startup AnChain aims to uncover the dApp bots. During the first quarter of 2019, the startup surveyed the top ten gambling dApps of TRON and found that an enormous number of bots are present there.
Around thirty-one percent (31%) of the surveyed accounts and nineteen-percent (19%) of the transactions were driven by the bots. This accounts for a massive two hundred and seventy million dollars ($207M) of dApp volume.
TRON dApp network not alone
For the critics of TRON, they might be tempted to report about the bot-driven Twitter traffic on the Twitter handle of TRON. However, AnChain is not highlighting any specific blockchain.
The startup previously revealed that about fifty-one percent (50%) of the surveyed accounts and seventy-five percent (75%) of transactions of EOS were bots-driven. The company is planning to examine Ethereum very soon.
The main goal of AnChain is the promotion of better data and ensuring transparency on all the blockchains. Although the firm makes suggestions and recommendations for the whole blockchain industry, however; it particularly focuses on the ratings sites.
As per the AnChain report, detecting a bot in the blockchain is quite challenging. As the addresses of blockchain can be generated rapidly, thereby, keeping a record of the static blacklist is of no use. Moreover, it is quite tricky to distinguish a bot from humans, especially when they tend to behave in complex ways. Hence, rule-based detection of bots is not effective.