February 8, 2015

ANTI HACK MEASURES

HACKING IS A CANCER TO COMPETITIVE ONLINE GAMING! We take the battle against hackers seriously and since Wasabi Build V0.73, TOXIKK is VAC (Valve Anti Cheat) enabled. VAC is a VERY effective way to sort out hackers. If someone got VAC banned on another game before, chances are (depending on how often he got banned and/or how severe the cheating was) he'll not be able to log into any other VAC secured titles again!

HOW DOES VAC WORK?

VAC doesn't insta-ban cheaters and hackers. Instead it looks for signatures of reported and installed hack software. If you are aware of any hack software, you can send a PM to the VAC team (requires an account on the official STEAM forums). A VAC team member will take a look at it and set it on the list of hacks to scan for.

Once enough evidence is provided, VAC does prune hackers in batches. So, if you encounter (and report) a hacker today, there's a good chance he'll still be there tomorrow, but be banned at some later point (together with a bunch of other guys using that same hack method).

WILL HACKERS BE BANNED ON OFFICIAL SERVERS ONLY?

No. They'll be banned on EVERY server that is listed and accessible through the game's internal server browser and through STEAM's server browser. This, of course, also includes privately hosted dedicated servers.

SHOULD I REPORT INDIVIDUAL HACKERS?

Absolutely. The best way to report them is through STEAM. This is also the way that complies best with VAC measures (i.e. the info will be used to convict already assumed hackers). You can find out the best way to report a hacker to STEAM HERE. But, again, keep in mind that your report does not necessarily mean an insta-ban for that particular individual, but rather be helpful to identify (and ban) hackers using a certain hack method in general.

DO YOU RELY ON VAC ONLY?

No. If you report a hacker, you should ALWAYS report him to STEAM first. After you've done that, send a PM to one of our team members on the TOXIKK community forum with the assumed hacker(s) or (if you don't have an account on our forum) reach out to us via our contact form. Links to video material as evidence are helpful, but not necessarily required (e.g. if we get enough reportings about one and the same individual, we'll put him on our ban lists). OFFICIAL BAN LISTS WILL BE UPDATED WITH EVERY PATCH!

However, unlike VAC, our ban lists only apply to the official servers. If you want to ban an individual from your privately run server, you should use the appropriate admin ban command. The player will automatically be added to your personal ban list (i.e. you won't need to ban him again). In fact, you'll get two ban lists (one with his Steam ID and one with his current IP address) to make sure that he doesn't get back, even if he uses mutliple STEAM accounts.
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