OFAC Answers Questions Surrounding Tornado Cash Sanctions

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has cleared up some rules pertaining to Tornado Cash.  While some helpful guidance and reassurance have been provided, many questions remain regarding the Office’s designation of the privacy tool.  The Treasury reiterated that U.S. persons are no longer allowed to interact with Tornado Cash. However, anyone who had their funds trapped inside Tornado Cash prior to August 8th may apply for a license to retrieve them. “OFAC would have a…

Tornado Cash Dev Denied Bail

A Netherlands court has ruled that Tornado Cash developer Alexey Pertsev be denied bail. The inculpated programmer will inevitably spend a further three months in detention before any further rulings. Netherlands Judge Rules Against Pertsev 29-year-old Alexey Pertsev, one of the developers responsible for the Tornado Cash code, has been denied bail. This comes hot on the heels of his August 10 arrest. Dutch Financial Crimes Agency FIOD had apparently had their eye on Tornado Cash since June. Authorities finally…

Tether Will Not Freeze Tornado Cash Addresses Unless Mandated: Report

Major stablecoin network Tether may not be on board with the US Treasury Department’s ban on crypto mixer Tornado Cash.  In an official release on Wednesday, the team revealed that they would not blacklist any of the OFAC’s sanctioned smart contract addresses. Tether in Close Touch with Law Enforcement Agencies Earlier this month, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned the privacy protocol Tornado Cash. The treasury highlighted its role in laundering the proceeds of cybercrime as the…

Tornado Cash DAO Goes Offline Following Blacklist

The DAO website for sanctioned crypto mixer Tornado Cash appears to no longer be operational. According to social media reports, this is also true for the platform’s Discord server. DAO Website Stops Going Through Earlier this week, the United States Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control imposed a sanction on the Ethereum-based protocol. Since then, the platform has seen some of its resources become inaccessible. Additionally, various entities have begun distancing themselves from Tornado Cash’s services. Hence, the platform’s…

Authorities Arrest Developer With Ties to Tornado Cash

Earlier this week, Netherlands’ financial watchdog the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD) took a 29-year-old developer into custody. The FIOD carried out the arrest in Amsterdam due to suspicions of his involvement in money laundering operations using crypto mixer Tornado Cash. Tornado Cash Facilitating Crypto Crimes The arrest comes shortly after the US Department of Treasury announced sanctions against the privacy protocol. In a release, the Treasury cited Tornado Cash’s role in various crypto crimes since its inception in…

Vitalik Buterin Speaks Up on Tornado Cash Saga

Following heated attention on Tornado Cash this week, the Ethereum founder spoke on the mixer’s recent sanction, revealing he used the blacklisted mixer not long ago. Tornado cash is a decentralized protocol that provides users with a platform to perform untraceable transactions. The protocol, built on the Ethereum blockchain, is a transaction mixer that hides and deletes links between transacting accounts. This makes it impossible for transactions performed through it to be traceable, giving its users full anonymity. Vitalik Prompts…

Tainted Tornado Cash ETH Sent to Shaquille O’Neal’s Wallet

An unknown Ethereum user is sending tiny batches of ETH to numerous doxxed cryptocurrency wallets that celebrities use. The ETH recently contacted Tornado Cash – the Ethereum mixer sanctioned by the US Treasury Department on Monday.  According to data from Etherscan, the wallet has sent portions of 0.1 ETH to Shaquille O’Neal and Jimmy Fallon addresses. Other figures include NFT artist Beeple, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, and Ben Horowitz from a16z. The parties receiving the tiny ETH donations may be…

US Slaps Sanction on Crypto Mixer Tornado Cash

Tornado Cash is the latest crypto mixer to join the US Department of Treasury’s list of sanctioned organizations. The Department shared the news in a press release on Monday alongside other details of the sanction. In its release, the US Treasury highlighted Tornado Cash’s role in several stolen crypto launders as its primary reason for the sanction. Tornado Cash and Cybercrime Tornado Cash is the second service platform to have received a sanction from the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets…

What is Tornado Cash, and How Does It Work?

Decentralized and non-custodial, Tornado Cash is an Ethereum-based solution for privacy and anonymity. Severing the on-chain link between those who send and receive coins enhances transaction anonymity.  This guide will provide our readers with more insight into Tornado Cash. We will start with a general introduction and move deeper into how Tornado Cash works. We will also add a list of pros and cons to this system for the reader's benefit. Understanding Tornado Cash Decentralized protocols such as Tornado Cash…