One of the better fighting games currently on the market is <em>Mortal Kombat 11<\/em>. It elevated the series to new heights thanks to its awesome graphics, amazing gameplay, and epic story. There are a lot of great additions to online multiplayer as well.\r\n\r\nLike most <em>Mortal Kombat<\/em> games, there are those that want to climb up the leaderboards. It shows their dedication to the game and proves they're elite. There are those that get a little too desperate, though. They game the system in some way to climb up the ranks in record-setting fashion.\r\n\r\nThis just recently happened in <em>MK11 <\/em>for the PS4, but it didn't go unnoticed. NetherRealm Studios sniffed it out pretty quickly. Apparently, there's been a hacker on the PS4 leaderboards using DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks against opponents.\r\n\r\nhttps:\/\/m.youtube.com\/watch?v=bxFoRCvEjUA\r\n\r\nIf you're not familiar with what these attacks involve, they pretty much are hacking into a player's IP address and then slowing it down. Then when the connection gets bad to a certain point, that player disconnects from the match. This results in an automatic loss for the victim of the attack and a win for the attacker.\r\n\r\nIt's a pretty cheap tactic that is generating a lot of buzz on the <em>MK<\/em> leaderboard forums as of late. Apparently, this hacker has done this numerous times in the past. It's a dirty tactic that NetherRealm Studios isn't taking lightly.\r\n\r\nThey haven't described the countermeasures they're going to take, but you can bet they'll be effective. NetherRealm Studios prides itself on giving every player online a fair chance. It will be interesting to see what they decide to do with this hacker in the meantime. He's ruining a lot of people's fun in an otherwise great fighting game.\r\n\r\nThese DDOS attacks have occurred in a lot of other games in the past. They get really serious when the hacker is able to access an opponent's home address. They could use this personal information against the opponent if they piss them off, leading to some chaotic threats. This is never good to see in any online video game.\r\n\r\nHopefully, NetherRealm Studios acts promptly and administers a serious punishment. The precedent has to be set because otherwise, more hackers will think they can game the system and ruin everyone's fun. <em>MK11<\/em> users deserve a user-friendly, fair experience with whatever modes they're actively engaged in. Let's see where this whole hacker situation ends up in a couple of days. Stay tuned.