well, they managed to get caught pants down for hours by that t10 blocking the mail slot. while streaming. in open.The lack of effective countermeasures? I don't know. Do you have inside knowledge of what goes on? How many they have banned? How good their detection is? I know from reading the cheat forum that some people have been banned within the last few months. Whether that was because FD spotted them, someone reported them, or whether they were just doing something incredibly stupid (like jumping 500 LY or whatever in 1 jump, i don't know).
and i've been poking around the kiddies forum too. that's as innocent as it gets. no, they don't have it under control. not at all. ofc that's just my opinion, we don't know the internals, they won't tell. they don't say a word, just regurgitate that blank and meaningless statement again and again. lately not even that.
could they be implementing thorough and solid anti-cheat silently in the background? well, it can't be ruled out. neither can flying elephants, mind you, but i wouldn't bet my lunch on it