The co -founder of Tornado Cash reports that he was kicked out with GitHub, as the industry reacts to

OFAC sanctions, which says that prohibited operations with persons included in the list of especially dangerous citizens may include "loading a software patch from the organization, located under the sanctions. "## OFAC published a statement that states that prohibited operations with persons included in the list of especially dangerous citizens may include" loading a software patch from an organization under sanctions ".

Roman Semenov, one of the founders of Tornado Cash, said that his account was suspended on the GITHUB developers after the US Department of Finance introduced sanctions against the Privacy Protocol. Semenov said in a tweet published on Monday that, despite the fact that he was not individually named as Specially Designated National, or SDN, control of foreign assets of the Treasury, it seems to him, he threatens the consequences from the approval of the Treasury, which Tornado Cash washed the cryptocurrency worth more than $ 7 billion. As SDN, identified firms and private individuals block their assets, and "American persons are usually forbidden to deal with them." My account @github has just been suspended. Now writing an open code is illegal? - Roman Semenov ️ (@semenov_roman_) August 8, 2022 Identification as SDN, apparently, includes any contacts for business purposes, which can apply to associations on GitHub. According to the joint application of the Federal Council for the verification of financial institutions and the management of foreign assets, prohibited operations can be interpreted as "loading a software patch from an organization under sanctions." Semenov called the decision to suspend his account "a little illogical." However, according to Brian Nelson, Deputy Minister of Finance of the United States on terrorism and financial intelligence, US residents are actually prohibited from using cryptocurrency, since it allegedly "did not introduce effective control measures, designed to stop the money for malicious cyber actors on a regular basis, and not took basic measures to eliminate risks. " Some supporters of cryptocurrencies argue that the actions of the treasury against Tornado Cash were sanctions against a "neutral instrument", and not against the persons responsible for its use for illegal purposes. Jake Chervinsky, head of the Blockchain Association policy department, said that the decision of the US Department of Finance may have “crossed the border” between the punishment of bad actors and those who determine the tools and technologies that they can use. "Sanctions are not imposed on a particular bad player, but on all Americans who may want to use this automated tool to protect their private life when making transactions on the Internet, and their freedom will be limited without observing the proper legal procedure," said Jerry Brito, Executive Director of Coin Center. Today's action does not look like a sanction against an individual or legal entity with authority. On the contrary, it looks like imposing sanctions on a tool that is neutral in nature and can be used both for good and to the detriment, like any other technology. - Jerry Brito (@jerrybrito) August 8, 2022 The crypto mixer, Tornado Cash can be used to conceal traces of transactions for confidentiality. This protocol was at the center of several large hacks and exploits in decentralized finance, including an attack on Wormhole worth $ 375 million in February and Horizon Bridge hacking worth $ 100 million in June. In April, the company announced that it uses Oraklian contracts from Chainalysis to block the addresses of wallets that have fallen under the sanctions of the control of foreign assets after the Ministry of Finance said that the North Korean hacker group Lazarus was worth hacking the Ronin Bridge in the amount of $ 600 million.