Tornado Cash DAO Website Goes Offline After Developer Alex Pertsev’s Arrest

Blockworks August 13, 2022
Updated 2022/08/13 at 6:44 AM
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  • The software developer arrested by Dutch authorities earlier this week is Alex Pertsev, according to The Block.
  • Tornado Cash DAO’s website has gone offline since the arrest.

Dutch police arrested suspected Tornado Cash developer on Wednesday, 10 August. According to The Block, the software developer is Alex Pertsev, as confirmed by his wife, Ksenia Malik. She continued to say that her husband had not done anything illegal and was shocked by this arrest.

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Tornado Cash DAO website has gone dark since the arrest, with many users reporting that they have not been able to access Tornado’s discord channel or website.

Tornado Cash was only added to the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s list on Monday.

It appears that users have not been able to access the website potentially due to internet service providers complying with the U.S Government sanctions.

However, alternative methods have been introduced on how to use TornadoCash since the ban.

According to the U.S Department Of The Treasury, Tornado Cash was used to launder more than $7 billion worth of virtual currency since its creation in 2019. They have been linked to Lazarus Group, a Democratic People’s Republic of Korea state-sponsored hacking group involved in the largest known virtual currency heist to date.

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