Ethereum Foundation website changes hint at investigation by ‘state authority’

Changes to the Ethereum Foundation website removed indications that the foundation is not under confidential investigation. No explanation was given for the change, which occurred on Feb. 26, according to information from GitHub. 

The changes were made by freelance Ethereum front-end developer Pablo Pettinari. The text removed reads:

“The Ethereum Foundation (Stiftung Ethereum) has never been contacted by any agency anywhere in the world in a way which requires that contact not be disclosed. Stiftung Ethereum will publicly disclose any sort of inquiry from government agencies that falls outside the scope of regular business operations.”

In the description on GitHub, Pettinari wrote, “This commit removes a section of the footer as we have received a voluntary enquiry from a state authority that included a requirement for confidentiality.”

A yellow canary logo was also removed.

The Ethereum Foundation did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Cointelegraph about the website changes.

This is a developing story, and further information will be added as it becomes available.