Infura And Alchemy Blacklist Tornado Cash

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Blockchain development firms Infura and Alchemy are the latest companies to block Tornado Cash after the U.S. Treasury banned the platform and all its services.

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department cracked down on Tornado Cash, citing the platform’s failure to incorporate proper security measures to prevent hackers from escaping with their laundered assets as the reason behind freezing its website and smart contracts.

The report claimed that more than $7B funds had been laundered through the platform since its conception in 2019, and as a result, Tornado Cash was added to the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s SDC list.

In response, Infura and Alchemy have started Return Procedure Call requests to Tornado Cash links. This prevents users from accessing Tornado Cash if they run Infura or Alchemy in the background. However, it is possible to access the website by directly using Tornado Cash’s smart contracts, as the ban corresponds to just Tornado Cash’s front-end website.

Furthermore, other firms such as Circle and Github have also started complying with the ban; Circle has blacklisted the website while Github has deleted several pages related to Tornado Cash.

Written by
Ayush Pande

Blockchain development firms Infura and Alchemy are the latest companies to block Tornado Cash after the U.S. Treasury banned the platform and all its services.

Yesterday, the U.S. Treasury Department cracked down on Tornado Cash, citing the platform’s failure to incorporate proper security measures to prevent hackers from escaping with their laundered assets as the reason behind freezing its website and smart contracts.

The report claimed that more than $7B funds had been laundered through the platform since its conception in 2019, and as a result, Tornado Cash was added to the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s SDC list.

In response, Infura and Alchemy have started Return Procedure Call requests to Tornado Cash links. This prevents users from accessing Tornado Cash if they run Infura or Alchemy in the background. However, it is possible to access the website by directly using Tornado Cash’s smart contracts, as the ban corresponds to just Tornado Cash’s front-end website.

Furthermore, other firms such as Circle and Github have also started complying with the ban; Circle has blacklisted the website while Github has deleted several pages related to Tornado Cash.

Written by
Ayush Pande