Microsoft’s web hosting and software development subsidiary, Github, has partially unblocked Tornado Cash repositories following recent sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). Github’s move follows the U.S. Treasury’s update to the public, noting that American people can copy, view, and discuss open-source code. The partial Github reintegration allows visitors to the repository to view the Tornado Cash codebase in read-only mode.
Github restores Tornado cash repositories to read-only mode
The cryptocurrency community discussed internet hosting and software development platform Github after the service decided to partially reinstate the Tornado Cash open source code on the platform. On August 8, 2022, OFAC, the US Treasury Department’s regulatory watchdog, sanctioned Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash and several Ethereum addresses associated with the platform. When the OFAC sanctions were published, third-party platforms started to act and an open source programmer was banned from Github.
“My Github account was just suspended”, software developer Roman Semenov said at the time. “Is writing open source code now illegal?” Additionally, Microsoft-owned Github removed the Tornado Cash codebase repositories, and no one could access the code through the software development platform.
On September 13, 2022, after significant criticism from the crypto community, the US Treasury updated the public about American people who partner with Tornado Cash. For example, the sanctions do not fully apply to US persons who transacted with the Ethereum mixing app before August 8. If that were the case, and a U.S. person still held funds on the app, they can “apply for a specific license from OFAC to engage.” in transactions involving the virtual currency in question.
OFAC allows people in the United States to see, discuss, and teach about sanctioned platforms and open source code in written publications
OFAC’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) update also discusses open source code related to Tornado Cash. “American persons would not be prohibited by U.S. sanctions regulations from copying open-source code and making it available online for others to view, as well as to discuss, teach, or learn. include open-source code in written publications,” the Treasury said. noted department.
Following the FAQ update ten days ago, Ethereum developer Preston Van Loon reported that Github had partially reinstated the Tornado Cash codebase and unbanned codebase contributors. “Github has unlocked the Tornado Cash organization and contributors to their platform,” the developer said. “It looks like everything is in ‘read-only’ mode, but this is an improvement over an outright ban. I always encourage Github to undo all actions and return repositories to their old status,” Van loon added.
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