- The account of Tron co-founder Justin Sun was blocked on Aave this Saturday.
- According to Sun, the account was blocked after randomly receiving 0.1 ETH from Tornado Cash.
- De-fi Protocol Aave has not released a statement yet.
A lot has happened since the US government sanctioned Tornado Cash, the mixing token that makes Ethereum transactions untraceable, on August 8. Following the sanction, an arrest took place later on August 10 by Dutch authorities in the Netherlands, where an alleged developer of Tornado Cash was reprimanded by the Dutch Tax Information and Investigation Service.
There have been several reports that a few Defi protocols are taking action to comply with the US sanction and ban accounts that have interacted with Tornado money. More recently, Tron co-founder Justin Sun reported on Twitter that Aave had his account blocked on Saturday.
According to Justin Sun, the blocking of the account followed right after he received 0.1 Eth randomly from an unknown address.
Jerry Brito, executive director of crypto nonprofit Coin Center, has previously warned that this will happen. The Tornado Cash sanction strips Americans of their “constitutional right to anonymity”.
“Presumably, this means anyone interacting with these addresses would be in technical violation,” even if they received a few dollars from a Tornado Cash mixer without their consent, Brito told Fortune.
US celebrities and popular accounts received 0.1 ETH from Tornado Cash
Reports show that many well-known accounts and a handful of American celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Logan Paul were also given 0.1 ETH by this anonymous user. The act is potentially a revolt against the sanction introduced by Tornado Cash, and its implications.
It is now illegal for any US citizen to interact with Tornado Cash, however, it is technically impossible to prevent users from sending funds through Tornado Cash to random accounts.
The US government has been pretty clear that it will continue to monitor mixers and take action if necessary; however, there already seem to be some gray areas that still need to be explored.