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Hackers is the term used to refer to people who use illegal client modifications that give them an unfair advantage in any way.

Types of hackers

Mineplex has historically had a problem with hackers, due to its immense popularity and insufficient anti-cheat solutions. The most commonly seen are people using killaura, speed, reach, or flight effects. This gives them an immense advantage in most games.

Common types of "Hackers" on Mineplex include: "Reach hackers", who can hit other players at a distance not normally possible; "Speed Hackers", who can move and attack more quickly than normally possible; "Fly hackers", who can fly on games where it is not normally possible; "Anti-KB hackers", who are most common in Skywars, and take no knockback from any attack; and "Kill-aura hackers", who can hit players to their side or behind them by swinging their weapon.

It can be hard to report a speed hacker unless using a screen recorder, as print screens do not capture the speed at which a user is moving. Flight hackers are usually easy to catch, especially as they often land in inaccessible places in game lobbies between matches. This is not true in Block Hunt, given that nameplates are hidden if the person in question is a hider. For all hacking reports, however, the only evidence deemed sufficient enough to warrant a punishment is a recording.

The lobby game "Gladiators" is notorious for being a fuel up station for hackers as most players who play the game are known as easy targets. Most hackers who participate in Gladiators get banned very quickly through the Staff Request feature.

Reactions

Hackers frequently provoke annoyance and anger in usual normal users, as they frequently win the games due to their unfair advantages. This can lead to people rage quitting the game. The majority of hackers make no attempt at subtlety, given that they frequently do not attempt to deny accusations directed at them in chat. As a result, it is always better to report them, rather than either shouting/attempting to reason with them.

Reporting hackers

Reporting a hacker can be done on the Mineplex website, in the reports section. It can also be done by contacting an in-game staff member (usually present in Lobby-1) with the hacker's name and a description of what they are using. Hero+ are able to use the /report command which submits a report that can be dealt with by Moderators. The StaffRequest community is yet another way of reporting offenders. You can request to join the community by doing /com request StaffRequest.

What type of hacks a player is using when they are caught and how they are submitted are used to determine the severity. Unapproved client modifications such as Damage Indicators, earlier versions of 5zig, mini-maps, and other mods are a severity one client ban in all cases. These are usually only in self reports where the user accidentally shows that they are using illegal modifications in a video or screenshot. General hacks such as KillAura, Anti-KB, and FastBow are always punishable by a severity 2 client ban. Movement based hacking such as Speed, Fly, and Step (more than a single step) are punishable by a severity 3 client ban.

GWEN bans are considered separate from staff bans, as the anti-cheat punishes for different lengths of time based on anti-cheat violations only. A staff ban will have no effect on the length of time a GWEN ban will be issued.

Punishment Lengths (Hacking) First Offence Second Offence Third Offence
Severity 1 24 hours TBA TBA
Severity 2 30 days
Severity 3 40 days
GWEN punishments (all severities) 5 days 14 days 30 days

Punishment lengths may further increase in exceptional cases.

Forging evidence in a report will lead to a network ban. Please remember to provide sufficient evidence when reporting players.

A useful guide for forum reporting can be found here.

Notes

  • In the Minecraft slang, the term "hacker" is mainly used to designate a cheater who makes use of hacked clients which modify the game in a way which is disallowed in most servers' rules. This usage of the hacking vocabulary is different from its proper usage, a hacker usually designating a computer expert who explores methods for breaching defenses and exploiting weaknesses in a computer system or network. [1]

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