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Railgun Achieves $1 Billion Milestone

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Railgun Achieves $1 Billion Milestone

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Railgun Achieves $1 Billion Milestone

Railgun Privacy Protocol, a groundbreaking initiative in the cryptocurrency arena, has exceeded $1 billion in transaction volume, marking a notable achievement. This comes at a time when regulatory scrutiny on crypto mixers has intensified, leading to the shutdown or retreat of many competing protocols. The adoption of Railgun has been bolstered by endorsements from influential figures such as Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin.

Contents hide 1 Vitalik Buterin Moves Significant Funds 2 Why Did Railgun Thrive While Others Faltered? 3 Concrete Insights

Vitalik Buterin Moves Significant Funds

On May 22, Vitalik Buterin drew attention by transferring 80 ETH, approximately valued at $300,000, via Railgun. Data from Arkham Intelligence indicates that Buterin has consistently used Railgun for his transactions over the past six months, including a notable 100 ETH transfer in April. Buterin has highlighted the importance of privacy pools within Railgun to safeguard user privacy from nefarious actors. Access NEWSLINKER to get the latest technology news.

According to Dune Analytics, Railgun’s all-time transaction volume reached an impressive $1.16 billion since its inception in January 2022. The protocol’s total value locked (TVL) has also experienced substantial growth. DefiLlama data shows an increase in Railgun’s TVL by 146% to $76.2 million since mid-April, and a 460% rise from $13.6 million at the beginning of the year, underscoring its significance in the crypto privacy sector.

Why Did Railgun Thrive While Others Faltered?

Railgun’s growing adoption contrasts with the decline of numerous other crypto mixer services facing stringent regulatory pressures, particularly from US authorities. Tornado Cash, once a leading Ethereum privacy protocol, faced sanctions from the US Treasury in August 2022 after being used by the North Korea-backed Lazarus Group for laundering stolen assets. Consequently, Tornado Cash’s TVL plummeted from $460 million to below $165 million within six weeks post-sanctions.

Recently, US regulatory focus has shifted to Sinbad.io and the co-founders of Samourai Wallet, accusing them of facilitating money laundering and other illicit activities. In response, privacy-focused services have made significant changes. Wasabi Wallet announced in June that it would discontinue its Coinjoin feature and began blocking US residents from accessing its services as of April 27, highlighting the need for privacy protocols to adhere to regulatory requirements.

Concrete Insights

– Vitalik Buterin’s consistent use of Railgun emphasizes its reliability for secure transactions.
– Railgun’s growth in TVL indicates its increasing adoption and trust within the crypto community.
– Compliance with regulatory standards has become essential for the sustainability of privacy protocols.
– The decline of competitors like Tornado Cash showcases the volatile nature of the crypto privacy sector under regulatory scrutiny.

Despite achieving significant milestones, Railgun has not been without controversy. In January 2023, security researcher ZachXBT alleged that the Lazarus Group moved $63.5 million in stolen assets through Railgun. However, Railgun refuted these claims in April, asserting that their systems prevent such activities. The Lazarus Group is notorious for high-profile cyberattacks, including the Sony Pictures hack and numerous cryptocurrency thefts.

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