This new event in its current form has introduced a new element to STO play that was previously lacking. Griefing. It comes in the form of one or more players following you around as you scan the blue orbs. When you find one that doesn't collapse right away you have to be fast or the griefer/s who are following you will start the secondary scan first and steal it from you, or if combat ensues they will engage the holo enemy intended for you and thus take the ensuing particle reward. At one point I had no less than 5 such people seemingly super glued to my rear end for nearly 15 minutes of the event. I finally just changed instances to a much lower populated one (which incidently increased the time remaining from 45 to 52 minutes) and was able to continue the event unmolested.
So far it was pretty pointless for me to do the event. It was either this, or too many people already,
or I came too late into it. The last one's on me, but the other two were out of my hand.