Stablecoin operator Tether unintentionally minted and subsequently burned 5 billion USDT tokens, Whale Alert tweeted on July 13.
Whale Alert — a Twitter account devoted to reporting giant cryptocurrency transactions — noted that 50 million USDT tokens have been transferred from cryptocurrency alternate Poloniex to the Tether Treasury through the Omni protocol on the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain. The account subsequently reported that Tether Treasury minted 5 billion USDT tokens on the Tron blockchain, after which it burned them.
Then, Tether minted one other 50 million USDT on the identical chain, burned one other four.5 billion USDT, and at last transferred 50 million Tron-based USDT tokens to a pockets presumably belonging to Poloniex.
In a tweet, Tether CTO Paolo Ardoino defined that Tether meant to carry out a swap of 50 million Omni-based USDT tokens to the Tron blockchain, however a mistake was made with the decimals. Cryptocurrency alternate Poloniex confirmed in a tweet:
“Paolo is appropriate – this occurred whereas Poloniex was conducting a USDT chain swap with the assistance of Tether. An incorrect quantity of USDT was unintentionally minted, and this has since been resolved to the meant worth.”
As Cointelegraph reported earlier this week, New York-based Metropolitan Industrial Financial institution has shut down accounts related to Tether. The financial institution reportedly closed the accounts following a request final yr.