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Posted by Sophie-Ha Tuesday, December 13, 2022

The Seoul Music Awards releases an apology after international users weren't able to access the app and vote

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On December 13, The Seoul Music Awards (SMA) posted an apology for the recent inconvenience faced by international fans.

Currently, SMA is holding its 1st round of voting in which fans from all over the world were supposed to be able to cast their votes for their favorite artists. However, due to the voting app being inaccessible to international users for the past three days, an immense number of international fans were unable to vote, resulting in the ranking of the artists being changed, with only the votes from Korean users being tallied.

In response to the ongoing dissatisfaction from international fans, the Seoul Music Awards released an official statement apologizing for the inconvenience and providing an explanation for why the app was unavailable to international users.

According to the statement posted on December 13, the system was down due to the "excessive usage of the Seoul Music Awards ceremony voting service in the Fancast service." Additionally, SMA stated, "Access to the service was impossible due to a suspected DDoS attack via specific IPs."

The Seoul Music Award explained that they have upgraded its servers, tightened security, and recovered the service. The award ceremony operation team also assured fans that the data and votes were not lost or leaked. However, despite these efforts, many international fans have still experienced inconveniences and have expressed their dissatisfaction with how SMA has handled the situation.

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The-Monkey
The-Monkey315 pts Tuesday, December 13, 2022 3
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

as someone who worked in computers for many years, the DDoS part makes 0 sense with this. i get some servers could have gone down due to an actual attack, but ALL international servers? ONLY international servers?? the chances are close to 0%

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Shunn
Shunn840 pts Tuesday, December 13, 2022 2
Tuesday, December 13, 2022

trot's gonna win for sure

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