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Here’s Why Tornado Cash’s Activity Didn’t Cease Completely Post OFAC Sanctions

The Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) tryst with the crypto industry dates back to 2018 when it designated two Iran-based individuals of malicious cyber activity. There has been no looking back since. More recently, the bombshell announcement that the US Treasury Department banned American citizens from using Tornado Cash, has had industry leaders abuzz. While sanctions did reduce Tornado Cash’s activity, a recent report by Chainalysis shows that it is not easy to...

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13 Biggest Crypto Scandals and Controversial Stories of 2022

The crypto market behaving erratically is nothing new, but absolutely no one saw such epic levels of fund mismanagement coming from established giants. The young industry’s turn to a more sordid state of affairs hit everyone by surprise, especially after the heady rush of the bull run last year. 2022 was marred by corruption and fraudulent activity. An industry that claims to have traceable and public transactions saw big bucks being funneled maliciously with much audacity...

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Hacker Exploits Ankr for Over $5 Million

While investigations are still ongoing, the case is rapidly developing. So far, the aBNBc token has lost over 99% of its value.DeFi protocol, Ankr, has reported a breach by a hacker that resulted in an unlimited minting of its token aBNBc. After minting six quadrillions of the token, the attacker exchanged 20 trillion aBNBc for BNB.On-chain analysis firm Lookonchain notes that the attacker then used a combination of Uniswap, Tornado Cash and several bridges to swap the BNB and get $5 million...

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Dutch Authorities Extended the Prison Sentence of Tornado Cash’s Developer (Report)

Alexey Pertsev – developer of the cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash – will reportedly remain in jail until late February 2023. The Dutch Crime Agency (FIOD) arrested the man in August this year after the US Treasury Department previously sanctioned Tornado Cash for enabling money-laundering procedures. According to a recent CoinDesk coverage, Pertsev will stay in prison until at least February 20, 2023. The Dutch authorities were supposed to release the Russian software...

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GitHub Reverses Tornado Cash Ban But There’s a Catch

The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) assigned popular crypto tumbler Tornado Cash as an entity on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) sanction list last month which triggered an outcry from privacy and free speech advocates. Subsequently, Microsoft-owned GitHub removed its source code as well as terminated the user accounts of three individuals who contributed code to the project. In a recent turn of events, the platform unbanned the coin mixer and contributors...

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US Treasury Department: Users Will Need a License to Withdraw Funds From Tornado Cash

On September 13, the U.S. Treasury Department published a guide with a series of steps for U.S. citizens to follow in order to withdraw their funds from Tornado Cash. Tornado Cash was a mixing service shut down on August 8 by the U.S. Treasury Department. This happened after investigations showed that the platform was used to launder money thanks to its transaction obfuscation features. Users Must Apply For a License to Withdraw Funds Per the Treasury Department’s guidelines,...

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Coinbase Funds Lawsuit Against Treasury Department for Sanctioning Tornado Cash

America’s largest cryptocurrency exchange is supporting a legal challenge against the U.S. Treasury Department following its sanctions against the privacy protocol Tornado Cash. The lawsuit’s plaintiffs include 6 individuals who have personally used the mixer, some of which include Coinbase employees. Defending Tornado’s Use Cases As reported by CNBC, Coinbase’s senior security risk analyst said he used Tornado Cash to anonymize his cryptocurrency donations to Ukraine, for...

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North Korea Crypto Mixer Tornado Cash Sanctioned By U.S.

North Korea and the United States are once again going at each other’s throats in the name of cryptocurrency activity. This time, it looks like the U.S. has put sanctions in place against North Korea-based crypto mixer Tornado Cash, which at the time of writing, is alleged to have laundered more than $7 billion in digital funds. North Korea Has Been Using Tornado for the Wrong Reasons North Korea has long been the subject of crypto speculation amongst North American...

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