Problem: Traditional Internet relies on servers that are independently managed and maintained by individuals. The SAFE Network manages and maintains all connections (servers) into a more efficient space. Traditional DOS attacks target the individual server. A DOS attack would have to target the entire SAFE Network. While this is unlikely, it is not impossible. Simply overloading the available storage space on the network would effectively accomplish this attack. One example would be if youtube dumped their entire server onto the network during the early stages. While the attack may be unintentional, it is still a cause for concern.
Solution: Currently, the SAFE Network allows unlimited data to be uploaded. If the upload limit was temporarily “capped” to the storage amount already provided, then the attack would be pointless. In other words, they cannot use more resources than they provide.
So let’s say youtube dumps their server onto the network, but at the same time they use that server as a vault farm. Basically, the videos get uploaded for free. Unused storage space from their server will earn them safecoins.
Q: Some say this disadvantages the poor from the rich.
A: This limit is only temporary. Once the network grows large enough, the limit will expire.
Q: How long will the limit be in place?
A: This should be determined by the community… if they choose this solution.
Q: Why not use safecoin to charge as payment for users who exceed their usage?
A: This has been discussed and leads down a more complex road. We have to consider the floating value of safecoin in relation to national currencies. What happens if those currencies collapse? What happens if they rise in value and make it so cheap for safecoin to buy up 50% of network? The network is supposed to be autonomous and cannot determine human valuations in a free market. It is more stable to measure resource taken by resource given.
Q: What if someone wants to exceed their limit for legitimate reasons?
A: They simply provide more resources to the network, thereby increasing their limit. The free market is already handling this part.