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Cryptomixer Tornado Cash has returned to the GitHub software development platform after several weeks of blocking on the site.

Ethereum developer Preston Van Loon tweeted on Thursday that GitHub has partially unlocked the Tornado Cash organization and its members on its platform. The developer suggested that the Tornado Cash code repositories are now read-only, meaning that GitHub has not yet restored full functionality.

“But this is an improvement over a total ban. I continue to urge GitHub to undo all actions and return the repositories to their previous status,” Van Loon said.

According to GitHub data, the last updates to the Tornado Cash repositories were made on August 22 or shortly after Tornado Cash co-founder Roman Semenov revealed that his account was on the platform. On August 8, the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) banned US residents from using Tornado Cash and blacklisted 44 USD Coin (USDC) and Ether (ETH) addresses associated with the mixer.

The return of Tornado Cash to GitHub comes shortly after OFAC clarified its Tornado Cash policy on September 13, stating that US residents will not violate sanctions by copying the mixer’s code or posting it online. OFAC also noted that US citizens will not be banned from visiting the Tornado Cash website if it becomes available online again.

Tornado Cash, based on the Ethereum blockchain, is a tool that allows users to hide their crypto transactions to protect their anonymity by obfuscating information trails in the blockchain. The Ethereum mixer came under scrutiny from global regulators following the OFAC ban, leading to arrests of Tornado Cash developers for alleged involvement in money laundering through the platform.

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The ongoing controversy surrounding Tornado Cash has raised a lot of questions in the cryptocurrency and developer community, and many people are concerned about the legal issues associated with writing open source code. Some large crypto companies also opposed the actions of the Ministry of Finance, and the Coinbase exchange decided to support the lawsuit filed by Tornado Cash users against OFAC.

As previously reported, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has publicly stated that he used Tornado Cash to donate funds to Ukraine to protect the financial privacy of recipients.

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