The best line of defense is a great admin team.
While this is true, the team is getting annoyed at the volume as its seriously cutting into gaming time. That's why I'm looking at automation to reduce the volume. We are aggressively banning hackers in the hope that our servers get a reputation as a bad place to go to cheat. We are probably banning some skilled players too but work hard to sort this out later.
same with my servers... lots of cheaters incoming.
there are many sites selling hacks and it's cheaper... BF3 has a really easy code to hack.
I suggest you to add metabans (metabans.com) and votekick/voteban.
Metabans is in transition right now. You may want to go see the announcement on phogue's site.
We check screenshots, but they generally come back clean.
We ban when all screenshots of a player come back black, but we have only had 1 person since the release of BF3 that had 9 black screenshots. Almost everyone has several good screenshots.
We also stream to PbBans and ACI, and only caught 2 hackers so far with PbBans.
Good sign I guess and continue to cross our fingers. lol
We use Procon and use the limiter plugin and have server restrictions for those joining.
Players with (Kdr > 2.00 & Kdr < 2.50) or (Accuracy > 20 & Accuracy < 30) or (Skill > 600 & Skill < 750) or (Spm > 500 & Spm < 750), we kick for 24hrs immediately on join in case their stats later fall within our requirements. Players with (Kdr > 2.50) or (Accuracy > 30) or (Skill > 750) or (Spm > 750), we pb ban immediately on join. My understanding from another site, that anyone that gets pb banned, that pb retrieves players info from your pb banlist and anyone not already globally banned are intensively scanned by pb to see if anything is up.
So far we have survived any hacker issues, but I am sure we have the odd one that does their best to fit in and not stand out.
I'm interested in the limiter. Although some of our members who are snipers would be auto banned on your server along with some of our pilots.
PB has auto banned several people from our servers which is good news. The worst hackers are those that have name changers. We are finding very few of the hackers names exist in battlelog. We would use something like PBBans but it lagged our server in BC2 days but are taking another look. I'm surprised at all the requirements they have now.