TL;DR - This is not a “pls facepunch why u no ban hackers??” post, there is a MAJOR error/glitch on the US Central 4 server that is allowing VAC banned Rust players to connect to the server, this issue is confirmed by multiple VAC banned players who are unable to connect to ANY official server other than US Central 4.
sleKron is the first VAC banned Rust player to personally confirm on the facepunch forums that he has access to the US Central 4 official server despite being banned from joining any other servers:
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197996862085/ – STEAM_0:1:18298178
US Central 4 is down.
US Central 4 is back up and VAC banned players can still play on the server, all other official servers remain unavailable to them.
More and more legit players are leaving the server and the influx of hackers continues, US Central 4 is quickly becoming the unofficial hacker friendly server. Multiple VAC banned players have confirmed in game that they are unable to connect to other servers and are blatantly hacking and destroying legit players hard work because they know once the issue is fixed, they won’t be able to play anyway.
For some reason VAC protection is currently disabled on US Central 4 and players with Rust VAC bans are able to join it freely. Currently there are 20+ players with Rust VAC bans (mostly from the ban wave three days ago) running around the map causing total chaos by speed hacking, flying around aimbotting, and attempting to noclip (they seem to have problems moving and looting through walls, but have no problem killing you and destroying your crates through them.)
Two hackers with Rust VAC bans currently online who are flying around making no attempt to hide their activities have confirmed in chat that US Central 4 is the only official Rust server they are able to connect to. Multiple hackers have acknowledged and even bragged about circumventing their bans on an official server in chat, and I have seen more then one hacker challenge another to a “hack off” or hacker duel. Any word on if/when protection will be re-enabled? Are the devs currently aware of this issue?
If anyone would like to confirm this, all you have to do is join the server and view the player list. Fully half of the players currently online have VAC bans from three days ago, many of whom have public profiles and no games other then Rust played. Alternately, you can walk towards any populated area (the northwestern most radiation town as an example) and look up into the sky. If you survive two minutes without being killed by a head shot delivered courtesy of a blank player name zipping around the sky, consider yourself especially lucky.
Edits / More Info
The following is a list of players who are blatantly hacking in game or have admitted they are hacking in chat and have suspected or confirmed Rust VAC bans (all players listed are online or have recently been online at the time of posting):
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198104833743/ – STEAM_0:1:72284007
http://steamcommunity.com/id/dlwnsqja48/ – STEAM_0:0:39165798
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198074410163/ – STEAM_0:1:57072217
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198110959041/ – STEAM_0:1:75346656
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198119139810/ – STEAM_0:0:79437041
The following is a less reliable list that includes players who are suspected of having a Rust VAC ban that have been provided to me by other players with inconclusive evidence, preventing me from personally verifying their recent activities on US Central 4 (all players listed are online or have recently been online at the time of posting):
http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561197982595079/ – STEAM_0:1:11164675