US Treasury sanctions crypto mixing service Tornado Cash for aiding hacker money laundering efforts
Tornado Cash has been cited for things such as aiding in laundering money from the recent Harmony Bridge and Nomad Heists.
In a press release today from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), it’s been revealed that virtual currency mixer Tornado Cash has been officially sanctioned following reports it’s been used to launder “more than $7 billion worth of virtual currency since its creation in 2019.”
The report goes on to note that Tornado Cash has been used to launder more than $96 million of funds derived from the June 24, 2022 Harmony Bridge Heist, and at least $7.8 million from the August 2, 2022 Nomad Heist. Outside of these notable infractions, things including Tornado Cashing failing to impose effective controls to stop these sorts of circumstances from taking place are mentioned.
Breaking: @USTreasury sanctions leading cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash, which officials say has helped hackers launder >$7 billion since its creation in 2019.— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) August 8, 2022
North Korea used it to launder proceeds from its record-breaking $620m Ronin heist.https://t.co/rsBnWGDPpL pic.twitter.com/41jgY80hB4
With today’s sanctions, all interests in Tornado Cash property located in the U.S. or in the possession of individuals in the U.S. “is blocked and must be reported to OFAC.” Blocks in place elsewhere include entities owned, directly or indirectly, “50 percent or more by one or more blocked persons are also blocked.”
For more on other blocked areas and the consequences of these recent OFAC sanctions against Tornado Cash, be sure to read through the full press release.
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