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Suppose a bad actor has large amounts of data stored on a smart contract. Since reading data is free (doesn't need a transaction), what stops one from simply reading that data over and over again, thus making the node not respond to other read requests?

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Nodes and providers maintain their own rate limiting to prevent denial of service attacks. This is no different to any other web application.

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    Thank you for your answer! Any details on that? How do they manage the rate limiting? Aug 30, 2022 at 10:17

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