Tether Prints $20 Million Worth of USDT as Bitcoin's Price Struggles

  • The @WhaleAlert Twitter account notes Tether treasury minting $20m-worth of new USDT
  • $10m makes its way immediately out into the wild as the price of Bitcoin skirts just above $10,000 
  • USDT treasury movement are closely watched as indicator of potential market moves

The team behind cryptocurrency's prevalent stablecoin, Tether, have been rolling their printers again, minting $20 million worth of the controversial trading coin. 

The transaction was noted by the Whale Alert Twitter account in the following tweet:  

10 million on the new crypto then almost immediately made its way out into the wild via one massive move...

The issuance came as the price of bitcoin began to dip back towards the $10,000 mark again, a level that it has been skirting for the past day or so. Indeed, the movements of the Tether treasury are closely watched by cryptocurrency traders and enthusiasts, with CryptoCompare's July Exchange Review noting that 67% of all BTC trading across its analyzed markets is in pairing with USDT, meaning extra liquidity heading into the market from its treasury could be seen as an indicator of impending price action. 

Also keeping the crypto on the radar of market watchers its chequered history, and its somewhat opaque accounting and management structure. Whether Tether is consistently backed by the cash deposits that are meant to underpin its relationship to the US dollar - currently its circulating supply is some $4 billion-plus - has long been a subject of fierce conjecture and debate, which the company's own statements have done little to abate.

Similarly, its past management connections to the under-fire crypto exchange BitFinex have consistently invoked ire, and led to a fairly large premium on the price of buying bitcoin with USDT at numerous points in last year or so

Also consistently scrutinized is the stablecoin's relationship to the market prices of cryptocurrency in general, with accusations in many quarters that it serves to facilitate market-altering price pumps, especially in the high-volume BTC markets that serve as a bellwether across the wider altcoin market.

This issuance of $20 million worth of USDT is in fact fairly small beer by Tether's standards, however, indeed in July a mistake saw it issue $5 billion USDT in a single day when it botched an attempt to mint 'just' USDT$50m.   

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Rng Security Camera Hackers Start Demanding Bitcoin Payments From Victims

The owners of a Ring doorbell security camera in Texas have been targeted by a bitcoin extortion attempt, which they managed to thwart simply by removing the device’s batteries to shut it off. The case, nevertheless, shows Ring security camera hackers are now demanding cryptocurrency payments.

According to a report published by WFAA, spotted by Gizmodo, 28-year-old Tania Amador revealed her Ring security system was hacked by hackers looking to cash in on their access to the device, by demanding a ransom of 50 bitcoin, equivalent to around $360,000.

Speaking to WFAA Amador stated:

I was asleep and our Ring alarm was going off like an intruder had entered our home. Then we heard a voice coming from our camera.

The voice initially started claiming to be from Ring’s support team, notifying the homeowner her account had been terminated by a hacker. It soon added that if the didn’t pay the 50 bitcoin ransom, she would be terminated as well.

The situation appeared to turn worse for Amador and her partners, as the hackers managed to make it look like they were just outside her door after compromising the security camera, adding to the pressure of the situation. Their response was to reach the device and remove its batteries.

Without their batteries, the hijacked cameras simply went off and the bitcoin extortion attempt ended. Ring has notably been at the center of a controversy after various reports pf its doorbell cameras being hacked started emerging. A report by Motherboard showed that on hacking forums, software used to hack these devices is being sold for as little as $6.

This type of software is often sold on the dark web, where vendors even list Black Friday deals to appeal to their customers. Speaking to WFAA, a home security firm claimed that these security breaches were a result of third-party data breaches that include Ring account details, and not a security flaw within Ring’s security system itself.

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