Paolo Ardoino, the Chief Technology Officer of Tether, recently found himself under scrutiny as rumors circulated about images of large industrial containers online, prompting him to remain tight-lipped about Tether's Bitcoin mining locations.
In an August 26th post on the platform X (formerly Twitter), Ardoino provided insight into the intrigue sparked by an image he shared on August 24th. The photo depicted a container adorned with a photoshopped Tether Energy logo, leaving many curious minds pondering its significance.
Ardoino clarified that the image depicted a control room at one of Tether's Bitcoin mining sites, which is currently in its final stages of completion and poised to commence operations soon. However, he remained steadfast in his refusal to disclose the precise location, responding resolutely to queries from numerous users.
While he did disclose that the site is situated somewhere within South America, he abstained from revealing further details for security considerations. Citing concerns about potential harassment, Ardoino expressed reservations about sharing exact locations, especially due to the presence of detractors fixated on Tether's activities.
In response to those skeptical of Tether's stance, he humorously noted their demands for pinpoint specifics: "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!!!!!’"
Addressing skeptics' inquiries about the photoshopped logos on the containers, Ardoino revealed that it was a calculated media decision. While the team anticipated the photo to be featured in newspapers, they decided to brand it with Tether's logo. He, however, deemed prominently displaying logos at the mining sites unwise due to security concerns.
Anticipating the launch of operations in September, Ardoino shared the progress made on the site and the team's excitement. Despite the challenges and detractors, he conveyed the dedication to kick-start operations within the upcoming weeks.
This announcement comes in the wake of news about Tether's efforts to enhance transparency in the Bitcoin mining industry. Tether is developing mining software named Moria, aiming to offer comprehensive data analytics on energy production at Bitcoin mining sites.
In an interview with Cointelegraph, Ardoino explained that Moria seeks to improve analytics and performance assessment in Bitcoin mining. It can aid in evaluating energy sources like wind or solar, enabling optimization parameters to boost production based on factors such as wind speed predictions.
As Tether's mining endeavors progress, the enigma surrounding its operations only adds to the intrigue and debate within the crypto community.