Tornado Cash Dev got released

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2 min readApr 28, 2023


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Who is Alexey Pertsev?

He is the core developer of Tornado Cash.

What is Tornado Cash?

It is a crypto mixer service to distribute funds anonymously.

Why was he got arrested?

The US Government sanctioned the service back on August 8, 2022, with a list of potential violators.

Before Tornado Cash, another service Blender was in charge of violation.

Many believed the charge was unfair.

The question sparks a debate about how an open source software can be charged along with the developer guilty of wrongdoing.

His release does not end the debate but raises more questions about the role of the government in open-source software and what the boundary of technology can bring to society.

The debate continues…