Rust Developer Implements CheatPunch; 4,621 Players Banned in First Weekend
Last week, developer Facepunch Studios removed zombies from its game Rust. Unbeknownst to its players at the time, Facepunch also secretly implemented its own anti-cheat program called CheatPunch. CheatPunch was run over the weeked and discovered 4,621 cheaters, banning them from official servers. Facepunch founder Garry Newman was fairly blunt:
"If you get kicked from the official servers with the message that you've been banned then you have been caught. You're a naughty boy. You know what you have done. You won't get unbanned. We know it was your 9 year old cousin. We know your computer got hijacked. We know that the CIA is getting you banned from all your games on Steam so you will join them in the hunt for aliens. We're aiming to get a site set up for people that have been banned so they can go and see proof that they've been caught."
Newman states that CheatPunch is merely a "stop gap solution" and is aware that cheaters will get around it. Nevertheless, if server owners want to run it on their own servers, after updating to the latest version of Rust, they can run it with "-cheatpunch" on the command line.
Source: Official Site