WIRED has enough evidence to point the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the co-founder of Bitcoin, to the 44 year-old Australian and former academic Dr. Craig Wright.
After some days the rumours begun, Wikileaks shared e-mails of Wright which were encrypted with the PGP Key which is linked to Satoshi Nakamoto.
The evidence now has become more and more convincing and the mysterious identity might have now been unveiled.
Either Wright invented bitcoin, or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did.
It is of no surprise that the Bitcoin price has increased more than 100$ the past 3 weeks. There are also rumours that Wright himself wanted to be connected with the identity of Nakamoto. Imagine that:
The founder of Bitcoin, who must have been mining from day 0. How many Bitcoins does he own? How much is this amount worth in US Dollars? With this breaking news the price of Bitcoin has had such an increase, that man must now have Bitcoins worth even Trillions of Dollars, since by 2014 Nakamoto’s Bitcoins were estimated to be more than a Billion.
Here is the interview of All-Star Panel with Craig Wright:
And what is the evidence then? From a Post of WIRED:
- An August 2008 post on Wright’s blog, months before the November 2008 introduction of the bitcoin whitepaper on a cryptography mailing list. It mentions his intention to release a “cryptocurrency paper,” and references “triple entry accounting,” the title of a 2005 paper by financial cryptographer Ian Grigg that outlines several bitcoin-like ideas.
- A post on the same blog from November, 2008. It includes a request that readers who want to get in touch encrypt their messages to him using a PGP public key apparently linked to Satoshi Nakamoto. A PGP key is a unique string of characters that allows a user of that encryption software to receive encrypted messages. This one, when checked against the database of the MIT server where it was stored, is associated with the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, an email address very similar to the email@example.com address Nakamoto used to send the whitepaper introducing bitcoin to a cryptography mailing list.
- An archived copy of a now-deleted blog post from Wright dated January 10, 2009, which reads: “The Beta of Bitcoin is live tomorrow. This is decentralized… We try until it works.” (The post was dated January 10, 2009, a day afterBitcoin’s official launch on January 9th of that year. But if Wright, living in Eastern Australia, posted it after midnight his time on the night of the 9th, that would have still been before bitcoin’s launch at 3pm EST on the 9th.) That post was later replaced with the rather cryptic text “Bitcoin – AKA bloody nosey you be…It does always surprise me how at times the best place to hide [is] right in the open.” Sometime after October of this year, it was deleted entirely.
Being Satoshi Nakamoto or not, Craig Wright is an extremely intelligent person.