GitHub unbans Tornado Cash repositories following OFAC guidance latest News

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The crypto mixer Tornado Cash is back on the software development platform GitHub after several weeks of banning the website.

Ethereum developer Preston van Loon took to Twitter on Thursday report good That GitHub has partially banned the Tornado Cash organization and contributors on its platform. The developer suggested that Tornado Cache’s code repositories are now in read-only mode, meaning that full functionality is yet to be restored to GitHub.

“But this is progress from a complete ban. I still encourage GitHub to reverse all operations and return the repositories to their former state,” Van Loon said.

According to GitHub data, the latest Tornado Cash repository updates were created On August 22, or soon after, Tornado Cash co-founder Roman Semenov revealed that his account was on the platform. On August 8, the United States Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) banned US residents from using Tornado Cash and blacklisted 44 USD Coin (USDC) and Ether (ETH) addresses associated with Mixer.

Tornado Cache’s return to GitHub came after OFAC clarified its policies around Tornado Cache on September 13, declaring that US residents would not violate restrictions by copying Mixer’s code or making it available online. OFAC also noted that US individuals will not be banned from visiting the Tornado Cash website if it becomes available online again.

Based on the Ethereum blockchain, Tornado Cash is a tool that allows users to hide their crypto transactions to protect their anonymity by obscuring information trails on the blockchain. Ethereum Mixer came under scrutiny from global regulators following the OFAC ban, which initiated the arrest of Tornado Cash developers for their alleged involvement in money laundering through the platform.

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The ongoing controversy surrounding Tornado Cash has raised a lot of questions in the cryptocurrency and developer community, with many concerned about the legal issues associated with writing open-source code. Some major crypto companies also pushed back against the actions of the Treasury Department, with the Coinbase exchange deciding to support a lawsuit brought against OFAC by Tornado Cash users.

As previously reported, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin publicly claimed that he used Tornado Cash to donate funds to Ukraine to protect the financial privacy of recipients.

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