Suspected Developer of Crypto Mixer Tornado Cash Arrested in Netherlands for Alleged Money Laundering

The suspected developer of recently-banned crypto mixer Twister Money is reportedly being arrested in Amsterdam over an alleged cash laundering scheme.

In accordance with a brand new press release by Fiscal Data and Examine Service (FIOD), the monetary crimes department of the Dutch authorities, an unnamed man has been taken into custody for supposedly concealing cash laundering finished by criminals.

“On Wednesday 10 August, the FIOD arrested a 29-year-old man in Amsterdam. He’s suspected of involvement in concealing legal monetary flows and facilitating cash laundering by way of the blending of cryptocurrencies by way of the decentralized Ethereum mixing service Twister Money.”

Twister Money is an Ethereum-based coin mixing service began in 2019 that permits customers to pool their funds, shuffle them up, and anonymously withdraw them. The service is principally used for monetary privateness, nonetheless, additionally it is utilized by unhealthy actors to masks their illicit actions.

Just lately, the service was blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Division after it was deemed a nationwide safety menace. In accordance with the company, no person in the USA is allowed to make use of the service anymore.

In accordance with the Netherlands’ Monetary Superior Cyber Crew (FACT), about $7 billion has moved by way of Twister Money since its inception, $1 billion of it being linked to legal exercise.

“In accordance with FACT, [Tornado Cash] has since achieved a turnover of at the least $7 billion. Investigations confirmed that at the least $1 billion value of cryptocurrencies of legal origin handed by way of the mixer. It’s suspected that individuals behind this group have made large-scale earnings from these transactions.”

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