Tornado Cash: public enemy number 1 is back

the storm calms down – We learned last night, the cryptocurrency mixer based on the Ethereum blockchain, Tornado Cash it’s back. Indeed, GitHub, the open source software hosting service reportedly lifted the ban. explanations.

Tornado Cash is back

A cryptocurrency mixer like Tornado Cash allows its users to drown out the origin of sent crypto funds. Used for money laundering, a favorite weapon of the group’s North Korean hackers. Lazarus according to OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control ), Tornado Cash has been bannedthus depriving its users of the freedom allowed for anonymity. Blacklisted, Tornado Cash was subject to censorship that blocked the funds of many users.

However, the wind direction changes. In fact, the crypto mixer is back in the Git Hub computer code library. Ethereum network developer and major player Preston Van Loon made the announcement on Twitter:

Tweet from an Ethereum developer about the return of Tornado Cash
“Github has unlocked Tornado Cash and its contributors” – Source: Twitter

the media Decrypt, for its part, informs us of the statements of a GitHub spokesperson:

“GitHub’s vision is to be the global platform for developer collaboration. We carefully review government sanctions to ensure that users and customers are not affected beyond what is required by law. (…) We welcome recent government clarifications regarding publicly available source code and sanctioned entities, and have restored some public repositories. »

Wind of freedom? Breath of hope for anonymity? OFAC’s reaction, at war against anonymity and cryptocurrencies, is long overdue. In fact, through this sanction against Tornado Cash, international regulation confirms its hunt for criminals 3.0, as evidenced by this takeover of Brazilian justice. The South American country imprisoned and tried Dos Santos, nicknamed the bitcoin pharaoh.

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