Tether prints more USDT
The stable coin, Tether has just managed to print more USDT than it originally intended on printing. According to the reports it has printed $5 billion worth of USDT during its transition from bitcoin Omni based platform to Tron.
The CTO at Bitfinex stated that:
“While preparing the issuance for Omni to Tron swap there have been an issue with the token decimals.”
This means that they have entered one too many zeros or have misplaced the commas, even though the project intended to print $50 million.
According to the crypto exchange Poloniex:
“This occurred while Poloniex was conducting a USDT chain swap with the help of Tether. An incorrect amount of USDT was accidentally minted, and this has since been resolved to the intended value.”
The minted amount of $5 billion was released around 17:34 in London time. The coins were later burned in an amount of $500 million within 4 minutes after the minting process. Later on, there was another $4.5 billion worth of USDT’s that were burnt.
Ardoino made mention that:
“Unfortunately we have to play with different toolchains across multiple blockchains and sometimes issues happen. We’re working anyway to prevent this from happening in the future.”
As to why Poloniex wanted to move these USDT’s to Tron is still unclear, however, Tether recently exchanged a lot of USDT’s to Ethereum’s blockchain as well.
Analysis shows that this may have something to do with the fees due to bitcoin’s limited capacity, hence why Tether has started using other blockchains.
Both Tron and Ethereum support smart contracts which could incorporate any amount of USDT stable coins were DAI’s are currently in demand.
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