GitHub Unbans Tornado Cash’s Repositories – crypto.news
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GitHub has raised ban on popular crypto mixer Tornado Cash after the US Treasury Department announced last week that its sanctions were not on the mixer’s code, but on its wallet addresses. That’s why GitHub has returned the Tornado Cash code to the platform.
Tornado Cash returns to GitHub
Tornado Cash, the popular crypto mixer, is now back on GitHub, a software development platform. This comes after GitHub initially banned the crypto mixer as a result of US sanctions.
On Thursday, Ethereum developer Preston Van Loon tweeted that GitHub has partially lifted the Tornado Cash ban on its platform. Van Loon added that the cryptomixer’s code repositories are back on the platform, but in read-only mode.
This means that the software development site has not fully restored the functionality of Tornado Cash. However, he noted that this is progress since the platform was banned outright.
In addition, he asked GitHub to restore Tornado Cash’s repositories to their original state. According to GitHub, the Tornado Cash repositories were banned by the platform on August 22.
This happened shortly after Roman Semenov, founder of Tornado Cash, announced that he had an account on the platform. The US Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) banned US citizens from using the crypto mixer on August 8.
OFAC clarifies its sanctions against Tornado Cash
In addition, the agency blacklisted more than 44 USDC and ETH wallet addresses linked to the crypto mixer. Tornado Cash is being returned to GitHub after US OFAC clarified the terms of its sanctions on September 13.
OFAC stated that US citizens would not be in violation of its sanctions if they copied Tornado Cash’s code or posted it online. Additionally, the agency added that US citizens will be able to visit the crypto mixer’s website if it is available again.
Tornado Cash is an Ethereum-based tool that allows users to encrypt their crypto transactions. This protects their identity by hiding data paths.
However, the tool came under regulatory scrutiny after US OFAC banned the protocol. This led to the arrest of the developers for their alleged involvement in crypto money laundering.
Meanwhile, the Tornado Cash ban remains controversial in the crypto community. The ban raised several questions about crypto privacy and anonymity.
In addition, several users were concerned about legal issues related to open source. Some major crypto companies, such as Coinbase, expressed their displeasure with the actions of the US Treasury Department.
Coinbase supported a lawsuit filed by Tornado Cash users against OFAC. According to reports, several individuals in the crypto community have been using the crypto mixer.
Vitalik Buterin, the founder of Ethereum, said he used Tornado Cash to donate funds to Ukraine. He took this step to protect the identity of those who received the funds.