• The U.S. Treasury's OFAC included Tornado Cash and its associated addresses to its list of sanctioned entities on Monday
  • Buterin admitted to have used Tornado Cash when he donated to Ukraine
  • Someone is sending Tornado Cash users 0.1 ETH

High-profile cryptocurrency personalities and businesses, including Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, Tron founder Justin Sun, FTX and Binance, are in the list of 440 addresses that received a 0.1 ETH from the U.S.-sanctioned crypto mixer tool Tornado Cash.

Blockchain security company PechShield shared on Twitter on Wednesday a list of addresses that received 0.1 ETH from Tornado Cash. "~440 addresses received 0.1 $ETH from http://Tornado.Cash: 0.1 ETH contract, which was added to the OFAC sanction list, including Vb 3, Justin Sun, sifu.eth, Beeple, Brian Armstrong, Ukraine Crypto Donation and Centralized exchanges e.g., Binance, FTX," the Twitter handle said and shared screenshots showing the said addresses.

So far, no one has owned up to the act, but it has undoubtedly opened up the addresses of high-profile crypto personalities and firms to potential regulatory trouble since the those on the list directly interacted with the address of the crypto mixing tool.

Looks like this rogue Tornado Cash user is deliberately stirring up trouble for these crypto actors.

Crypto donations and remittances are playing an increasingly significant role on the global stage
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Several crypto users fingered the Twitter handle depressionBTC as the culprit based on his tweets Tuesday. "Been accumulating a pretty big list of major CT users ETH addresses and their .ens official addresses. Withdrawing .1 ETH to all of them from tornado throughout the rest of the day," the tweet read, adding "you can run, but you can't hide," in a follow-up tweet.

Following the inclusion of Tornado Cash and associated addresses to the list of sanctioned entities Monday, Buterin admitted to having used the mixer tool, noting that he had used it to donate to Ukraine. The Ethereum co-founder made the statement in response to the tweet by Counterfactual co-founder Jeff Coleman, who said donating in times of war requires the need for financial privacy.

"Wanting to donate to Ukraine is a great example of a valid need for financial privacy: even if the government where you live is in full support, you might not want [the] Russian government to have full details of your actions," Coleman's tweet read.

"I'll out myself as someone who has used TC to donate to this exact cause," Buterin responded.