Tether has mistakenly printed $5 billion worth of USDT during a transition from the bitcoin based Omni platform to Tron.
Paolo Ardoino, CTO at Bitfinex, said: “While preparing the issuance for Omni to Tron swap there have been an issue with the token decimals.”
As in they entered too many zeros or misplaced the commas with the project intending to print $50 million. The crypto exchange Poloniex said:
“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.”
In effect cancelling the whole thing. So they tried again a few hours later and this time they were successful:
“Unfortunately we have to play with different toolchains across multiple blochains [sic] and sometimes issues happen. We’re working anyway to prevent this from happening in the future,” Ardoino said.
This is the first time as far as we are aware that Tether has mistakenly printed money with the mistake in this case pretty obvious due to the astonishing sum.
It is unclear why Poloniex might have wanted to move some of their USDT to Tron, but Tether recently begun moving a lot of USDT to Ethereum’s blockchain, doubling the amount.
It may well have something to do with fees due to bitcoin’s limited capacity, so tether is now using other blockchains to take some pressure off bitcoin.
In addition, both tron and ethereum have smart contracts which could incorporate usdt especially in open finance type platforms where DAI is currently somewhat in demand.
Ethereum dominates that space dubbed DeFi, but ethereum too currently has limited capacity, so they are now using some of tron which has supernodes rather than peer to peer nodes.