Labrys CEO Says Around 45% of ETH Validators Currently Complying With US Sanctions.
Lachan Feeney, the CEO of Labrys, a world leader in blockchain solution development, explained in an interview with Cointelegraph on September 30 that in total, about 45% of all Ethereum blocks validated have been verified with MEV-boost relay flashbots in compliance with United States sanctions.
The Current Number is Likely Near to One Out of Every Two Blocks
Despite reports that 25% of blocks validating since the Merge comply with US sanctions, Feeney believes this is a lagging indicator and is likely closer to one out of every two.
According to Feeney, MEV-Boost relays are regulated businesses with a tendency to be based in the US. Their blocks are censored to exclude transactions from Tornado Cash, he explained.
Moreover, ETH validators have an incentive to use MEV-Boost relays, which will drive their usage up, according to the CEO.
“The issue is that from the validators perspective, these guys are paying them to sort of do this. So if you want to make more money, you just turn this feature on and as a validator, you sort of boost your yield,” said Feeney.
Releasing a Tool That Can Inform Validators About Which MEV-Boost Comply with OFAC
MEV-Boost relays are centralized entities designed to extract Maximal Extractable Value (MEV) efficiently.
As Flashbots are the most commonly used validators, MEV-Boost relays effectively allow validators to sell rights to build blocks to the highest bidder.
On Sept. 28, Labrys released the MEV Watch tool, which informs validators which MEV-Boost relays comply with sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
“we’re just trying to raise some awareness for those who are unaware that by running this software, they are potentially contributing to censorship of the network.”
It has been noted by Feeney that a worst-case scenario known as hard censorship occurs when nodes are forced by regulation to discard blocks that contain any of these transactions.