Paolo Ardoino, chief technology officer of stablecoin issuer Tether (USDT), recently found himself addressing rumors about images of large industrial containers online. These speculations led him to rejecting questions about where Tether is mining Bitcoin (BTC).
On Aug. 26, in a post published on X (formerly known as Twitter), Ardoino shed light on the curiosity sparked by the photo he shared on Aug. 24. The image displayed a container with a photoshopped Tether Energy logo, leaving many people pondering over what it’s all about.
— Paolo Ardoino (@paoloardoino) August 24, 2023
However, Ardoino firmly stated he will not disclose the location, responding to numerous users who have inquired about it.
While he did mention that the site is somewhere in the continent of South America, he added no further details due to security reasons.
“Where? In LATAM. We tend to not share exact locations to avoid personnel harassment, a valid concern given the amount of detractors obsessed with Tether,” he declared, admitting that it has led to many Tether skeptics questioning its legitimacy:
“You can almost hear some of them screaming: “NOOOOOOOO if you don’t tell us the address, zip code, surname of the cow that is eating the grass nearby, then it’s not real!!!!!”
He addressed doubters who were curious about the photoshopped logo appearing on the containers, explaining that it was a deliberate media decision.
“We thought that the photo would have been shared on newspapers so the team wanted to brand it,” Ardoino noted. However, he believes having logos displayed at the mining sites would not be a wise approach from a security standpoint:
“Moreover, putting gigantic Tether logos would not be great from physical privacy of the site point of view.”
He anticipates operations to commence sometime in September.
“The site is progressing well, everyone in the team is super excited and working around the clock to start operations in the next few weeks,” he declared.
This comes after news that Tether is developing mining software aimed at providing more transparency within Bitcoin mining locations.
In an interview with Cointelegraph on Aug. 17, Ardoino explained that Tether is working on a mining software called Moria, that provides more comprehensive data analytics on energy production at a Bitcoin mining site.
Ardoino highlighted the need for better analytics and performance review in Bitcoin mining. He believes Moria will assist with evaluating the site’s performance and surrounding environment:
“If energy used by the mining site is wind or solar, there are optimization parameters, like predicted speed of wind for a specific day or a specific hour of the day, that could be used to overclock some of the miners and boost the production.”