A Mortal Kombat 11 player who currently holds the top rank in the world has relied DDOS attacks on opponents in order to cheat their way to the top.
A flood of PlayStation 4 users have begun to complain on Twitter that they got disconnected during a match due to a DDOS attack from their opponent. The attacks all seem to point to the same culprit, who uses them to win matches. In Mortal Kombat 11, if a user disconnects or quits during a match, the win automatically goes to the opponent.
The attacker, according to Eurogamer, has gone by multiple usernames on PS4. They started out as pa3com, then pa4com, and now seem to go by Son-Goku-DZ. YouTube videos connected to the user's PS4 account feature all three usernames, which confirms the connection.
To perform a DDOS Attack, which stands for Distributed Denial of Service, the attacker will flood a user with web traffic from many different sources. This causes an overload, and can sometimes even take out an entire network for a little while. Many of the victims have reported long Internet outages after the attacks. A DDOS attack is a pretty serious federal crime that can carry a jail sentence of 2 years or more.
The attacks on Mortal Kombat 11 players have gone on for a while, but this new attacker seems more prolific than the others. Players have made enough noise about the issue to get NetherRealm to respond, and reference the player specifically.
We are aware of numerous DDOS attacks perpetrated by a certain player in the Kombat League. We intend to make use of all options available to us to address this situation. Thank you for your patience!— NetherRealm Studios (@NetherRealm) August 5, 2019
A peek at the Mortal Kombat 11 leaderboards on PlayStation 4 all-but verifies that this user has used this tactic frequently. They currently sit at number 2 in the current season of Kombat League, and they have an insane win ratio. Out of 125 games played, they are listed as only having lost one of them. This gives them the number 1 rank globally.
The evidence doesn’t stop there. Twitter user @SithpostMaster, who suffered an attack from the user when they still had the username pa3com, posted a Twitter thread with screenshots that outlines all of the inconsistencies in the user’s Mortal Kombat 11 profile. For example, the user has never played single player mode, yet still sits at number 1 in multiplayer.
At this point, the cheater hasn’t slowed down. PS4 users keep reporting the user on Twitter and elsewhere. Hopefully NetherRealm works with Sony to put a stop to them before the launch of Sony’s new at home tournament program.
Mortal Kombat 11 is out now for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, with a Stadia version also in development.