Arrested Tornado Cash Dev signals the next arrest maybe you

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3 min readAug 22, 2022


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Yes, you should be aware and worry about the government subsequences arresting the Tornado Cash Dev Alexey Pertsev.

Here is the announcement of the arrest after the U.S. sanctioned Tornado Cash:

“On Wednesday 10 August, the FIOD arrested a 29-year-old man in Amsterdam. He is suspected of involvement in concealing criminal financial flows and facilitating money laundering through the mixing of cryptocurrencies through the decentralised Ethereum mixing service Tornado Cash. Multiple arrests are not ruled out. These advanced technologies, such as decentralised organisations that may facilitate money laundering are receiving extra attention from the FIOD. Also in the cryptocurrency domain, the FIOD stands for a safe financial Netherlands and investigates with effect and impact. Today the suspect is brought before the examining judge.”

When a robot is making the crime

Does Apple CEO Tim Cook get arrested when criminals use iPhones to exercise crime? Similarly, did Bill Gates get arrested because criminals use Windows 10 to execute their crimes? Even Tesla killed a pedestrian and did not send Elon Musk to jail, why should Alexey Pertsev?

Tornado cash is a smart contract built on top of Ethereum to facilitate the crypto mixer and make transactions untraceable.

U.S. Treasury Department claimed the Tornado Cash had enabled cybercriminals to launder money.

FIOD, or the Fiscal Information and Investigation Service, argues that Tornado Cash was created solely for money laundering.

Should you be liable for what you create?

Since cryptocurrencies are open-source technology, should you be liable for the open-source code you created?

The answer should be no.