Johns Hopkins University Professor Updated The Tornado Cash Code On GitHub For Educational Purposes

Mathew Green, a computer science professor at Johns Hopkins University, has re-uploaded the Tornado Cash code on GitHub days after the platform was suspended for allegedly facilitating money laundering.

According to the researcher, the decision to upload the code is intended to facilitate study and education that focuses on topics like bitcoin privacy, Green wrote in a GitHub post on August 24.

“I’ve extensively used the Tornado Cash and Tornado Nova source code to teach concepts related to cryptocurrency privacy and zero-knowledge technology. My students have built amazing projects from the code. The loss or decreased availability of this source code will be harmful to the scientific and technical communities” Green said. 

Green defended his choice to use the platform despite Github having previously removed the code, saying that it is “the most widely-used software distribution website in the world, and is a perfect place to host this repository.”

If GitHub deletes the code, have a backup plan – Tornado Cash

Green clarified that in the event that GitHub is rendered inoperable, he has offline copies of the code and will republish it on a different site. Green said that he has no reason to think that GitHub is against the republishing of the code.

It’s important to note that the U.S. Treasury penalized Tornado Cash for failing to take the proper steps to prevent money laundering. On addition to removing the source code in this line, Microsoft-owned GitHub also closed the user accounts of those who contributed code to the project.

Criticism from the US government

Furthermore, in light of the fact that a number of cryptocurrency exchanges have forbidden customers from connecting with the Tornado Cash smart contract address, Green slammed the US government for advocating what he called economic sanctions.

Notably, Jesse Powell, the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, criticized the U.S. authorities for authorizing the mixer, calling the measure a “knee-jerk reaction” to protect customers, particularly in the wake of the Terra (LUNA) meltdown.

The decision to detain Alexey Pertsev, a Tornado Cash developer, has also drawn criticism from the cryptosphere. However, despite being blamed for contributing to the catastrophe, Terra’s founder Do Kwon is still at large.

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