A 29-year-old man has been arrested in Amsterdam for his suspected involvement in the development of Tornado Cash. Tornado Cash was banned earlier this month by the US Department of the Treasury for its role in laundering money from large-scale hacking operations. News of the arrest was announced by the Netherlands’ Fiscal Information and Investigation Service.

The arrest in Amsterdam marks an escalation in global authorities’ crackdown against Tornado Cash and other crypto mixers. Such services operate by pooling together contributors’ funds and then redistributing them. The argument made by institutions like the US Department of the Treasury is that these companies have failed to address their use as illegal money laundering services.

The DOT added another crypto mixer, Blender.io, to its sanctions list after the service was also found to be used by North Korean hacking groups. Advocates say crypto mixers offer an additional layer of privacy when carrying out transactions, and so fulfill an important aspect of cryptocurrency idealism.

Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, said he used Tornado Cash “to donate to this exact cause.” “I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “It’s a great cause. I’m so happy to be part of it.’
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