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US Treasury Proposes Tougher Regulations on Crypto Mixers: Implications for the Industry

CJ - Cryptocurrency Enthusiast

In a significant move, the US Department of the Treasury is taking a stricter stance on cryptocurrency trading mixers, specifically targeting Convertible Virtual Currency Mixing Services (CVCs). These services, although used legitimately by privacy-conscious, secure cryptocurrency seeking individuals, are increasingly exploited by cybercriminals.

Tornado Cash, a well-known mixer, has garnered attention as its founders' face charges in a Manhattan court. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) seeks to designate CVCs as a class of transactions of primary money laundering concern. If enacted, this would be the first use of Section 311 Authority against an entire class of transactions, a power previously reserved for individual entities.

The primary focus of this regulation is to combat ransomware actors, rogue state entities, and other criminals who employ CVC mixing for illegal activities. Section 311 of the Patriot Act enables the US Department of Treasury to revoke banking privileges from entities classified as a "primary money laundering concern," effectively isolating them from the global banking system.

The proposed regulations hold significant implications for the crypto market investment industry, affecting privacy-focused users and businesses involved in crypto mixing services. As this development unfolds, the crypto community will be closely watching the potential impact on this sector. The US Treasury's move against crypto mixers reflects this larger trend of authorities seeking to strike a balance between enabling legal cryptocurrency innovation and ensuring that it doesn't facilitate illegal activities.

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