Blockchain developer Alex Pertsev was arrested by the Dutch police in Amsterdam on August 10 and being accused of creating open-source code that was developed for the Tornado Cash project and was misused for illegal activities by a 3d party, but a developer has no control whatsoever over how their open-source code is subsequently used.

Therefore, the accusations against Alex threaten to kill the entire open-source software segment. No one will dare to write and publish open-source code, no one will invest in the segment if they could be made responsible for the use of the tool they created by other parties.

Who is Alex Pertsev?

Alexey is a programmer and a professional in the field of information security living in the Netherlands. An active participant in the crypto community. Information security’s primary focus is the balanced protection of the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and for him it’s not just words. And as one of the areas of his activity, he was engaged in audits of smart contracts and security issues of the blockchain network.


Why it’s important?

In our opinion, Alex’s arrest creates a dangerous precedent which could lead to other developers of open source software being prosecuted in case of misuse of these codes.

The developer has no control over open source code usage. Just as the manufacturer of kitchen knives is not responsible for domestic murders. The Tornado Cash team has developed a mixing service, but does not manage it — an open source application can be installed and run by any user.

How can I help?

  1. Sign the petition

  2. Join the initiative group

  3. Share in twitter


Community feedback


  • What is Tornado Cash?

    Tornado Cash is an open-source decentralized protocol, and it anonimization service for cryptocurrencies on the Ethereum blockchain. The service makes it possible to conceal the origin or destination of crypto transactions for privacy considerations. Tornado Cash receives various transactions and mixes them together before transmitting them to their individual recipients.
    Tornado’s purpose is to bring privacy to the blockchain.

  • Why privacy payments are essential?

  • What charges were brought against Alex?

  • What is exactly Alex accused of?

  • What is open-source software?