Tracking on the chain: tornado, the popular technology of coin washing Cash

Slow fog technology 2022-04-06 10:40:55 阅读数:48

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The theme of this time is money mixer Tornado.Cash.

As the theft of money by hackers becomes more and more serious ,Tornado.Cash And it's becoming more and more important “ famous ”, Most hackers will ruthlessly make money “ Dirty money ” to turn to Tornado.Cash. We used to Tornado.Cash The anonymity of , See : Slow fog AML:“ uncover ” Tornado.Cash Anonymous veil . Today, let's take a real case to see how the hacker passed Tornado.Cash Money washing .

Basic knowledge of

Tornado.Cash It is a completely decentralized unmanaged protocol , Improve transaction privacy by breaking the chain link between source address and destination address . To protect privacy ,Tornado.Cash Use a smart contract , Accept... From an address ETH And other token deposits , And allow them to withdraw money to different addresses , That is to hide the sending address ETH And other tokens sent to any address . These smart contracts act as a pool for mixing all deposited assets , When you put money in the pool ( That is, deposit ) when , Private credentials are generated ( Random key ), Prove that you have performed the deposit operation . Then , This private credential is used as your private key when you withdraw money , The contract will ETH Or other tokens are transferred to the designated receiving address , The same user can use different withdrawal addresses .

case analysis

Today's analysis is a real case , When the victim platform finds us ( Details are not available ), stay Ethereum、BSC、Polygon The stolen funds on the three chains were transferred by hackers Tornado.Cash, So we mainly analyze Tornado.Cash Part of .

Hacker address :

( To protect the victim platform , The addresses in the text have been processed )



Ethereum part

With the help of slow fog MistTrack Anti money laundering tracking system , Let's first make a general feature analysis of the address .

From the partial display results , It can be seen that hackers use more in trading activities except Bridge It's the mixer Mixer, These are very important for us to analyze hacker portraits .

next , We are right. Ethereum Conduct in-depth analysis of funds and behavior on : According to slow fog MistTrack Analysis of anti money laundering tracking system , Hackers will 2450 ETH With  5x10 ETH+24x100 ETH Transfer in batches in the form of Tornado.Cash, take 198 ETH into FixedFloat, Let's keep tracking Tornado.Cash Part left a mind .

Since you want to try to track hackers from Tornado.Cash Transfer out address , Then we have to start from Ethereum The first capital transferred into Tornado.Cash Start at the time of , We found the first 10 ETH And the second 10 ETH The time span between , So let's start with the small span 100 ETH To analyze .

Locate the Tornado.Cash:100 ETH The transaction corresponding to the contract , Find out from Tornado.Cash There are many transfer out addresses . After the slow fog MistTrack Analysis of , We screened out addresses that match the timeline and transaction characteristics . Of course , There are still many addresses , This requires us to constantly analyze . But soon there was the first address that made us suspicious (0x40F…952).

According to slow fog MistTrack Analysis of , Address (0x40F…952) take  Tornado.Cash To it ETH Go to the address (0x8a1…Ca7), And then ETH It is divided into three transactions and transferred to FixedFloat.

Of course , It may also be a coincidence , We need to continue to verify .

Continue analysis , It is found that three addresses have the same characteristics :

A→B→( Many pen )FixedFloat

A→( Many pen )FixedFloat

Supported by such characteristics , We analyzed the addresses that match the characteristics , At the same time, it happens to be 24 An address , In line with our hypothesis .

Polygon part

Here's the picture , Hackers will make a profit 365,247 MATIC Part of MATIC branch 7 Next go Tornado.Cash.

And the rest of the 25,246.722 MATIC Went to the address (0x75a…5c1), Then track this part of the money , We found that hackers will 25,246.721 MATIC Turned to FixedFloat, This makes us think that hackers are Polygon Whether the money will be washed in the same way .

Let's start with Tornado:100,000 MATIC The contract corresponds to the last three transactions in the figure above , Also found from Tornado.Cash There are not many contract transfer out addresses , At this point, we can analyze one by one .

Soon , We found the first address that made us think there was a problem (0x12e…69e). We see familiar FixedFloat Address , Not only  FixedFloat turn MATIC To the address (0x12e…69e), From address (0x12e…69e) The receiving address of the transferred out funds will also MATIC Transferred to FixedFloat.

After analyzing other addresses , I found that they all use the same coin washing method , No more details here . From the previous analysis, hackers are right FixedFloat I really have a preference for , But it also became a handle on him .

BSC part

Let's analyze BSC part .BSC There are two hacker addresses on , Let's look at the address first (0x489…1F4):

The hacker's address is divided into 17 Turn for the second time 1700 ETH To Tornado.Cash, The time range is also relatively consistent . Just when we thought hackers would do it again , It turns out that's not the case . Again , After the slow fog MistTrack Analysis and screening of , We screened out addresses that match the timeline and transaction characteristics , Then make breakthroughs one by one .

During analysis , Address (0x152…fB2) Caught our attention . Pictured , According to slow fog MistTrack Show , The address will Tornado.Cash To it ETH Transferred out to SimpleSwap.

After further analysis, it is found that , The soup does not change the dressing , Although the hacker changed the platform , The technique characteristics are still similar :



Another hacker address (0x24f…bB1) In order to 10 BNB In units of Tornado.Cash.

And in the coin washing technique of this address , The hacker chose another platform , But the technique is still similar . Here we will not analyze them one by one .


This paper is mainly started by a real case , Analyze and find out how hackers try to use... On different chains Tornado.Cash To clean up the stolen funds , The coin washing method is very similar , The main features are from Tornado.Cash After withdrawing money, it is transferred to the common mixed currency platform directly or through a layer of intermediate address (FixedFloat/SimpleSwap/ Of course , It's just through Tornado.Cash One way to wash money , More tricks are still waiting for us to find .

And want to analyze the results more efficiently and accurately , You have to use tools . With super 2 Billion wallet address tags , Slow fog  MistTrack The anti money laundering tracking system can identify all kinds of wallet addresses on the world's mainstream trading platforms , Such as user recharge address 、 Wen wallet address 、 Hot wallet address 、 Cold wallet address, etc . adopt MistTrack The anti money laundering tracking system can conduct feature analysis and behavior portrait of any wallet address , It plays a vital role in the analysis and evaluation of anti money laundering , For cryptocurrency trading platform 、 It provides strong technical support for users to analyze address behavior and trace the source .

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