Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

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Jinia Shawdagor

jinia.shawdagor@trijo.co

For over ten years, researchers have tried to find the true identity of bitcoin's creator Satoshi Nakamoto. This is how close they have come.

Satoshi Nakamoto is the alias for the individual or group of people that created bitcoin, wrote its whitepaper, and launched the coin. As part of the bitcoin launch, Satoshi Nakamoto also made the first blockchain database and found a way to end double-spending in virtual currencies through a peer-to-peer system.

Satoshi’s profile on the organization P2P Foundation claims that he is from Japan and that he was born on April 5, 1975.

However, a lot of people believe that Satoshi Nakamoto is not from Japan. This is because he speaks English fluently. Also, bitcoin’s software is neither written or labeled in Japanese. Therefore, researchers trying to find the true identity of bitcoin’s creator search for computer scientists or cryptography experts that are not from Japan.

Possible identities of Satoshi Nakamoto

Harold Thomas Finney
Before his death in 2014, Hal Finney was a developer and among the first people to deal with cryptography. He was also the first person to get a bitcoin transaction from Satoshi Nakamoto. Andy Greenberg, a Forbes journalist, got a sample of Finney’s writing and shared it with Juola & Associates, a writing analysis firm. The results matched Satoshi’s writing closely.

Greenberg continued investigating Satoshi’s real identity before reaching a dead end when Finney denied being bitcoin’s creator. Finney also showed Greenberg his BTC balance and emails between him and Satoshi. After going through the given details, Greenberg settled on the fact that Finney was not Satoshi Nakamoto.

Nick Szabo
Nick Szabo is a computer scientist and cryptographer known for studying digital contracts and virtual currencies. A blogger known as Skye Grey connected him to bitcoin’s whitepaper by using stylometry. Szabo published an article on Bitgold, and a lot of people thought of it as the document from which bitcoin’s whitepaper was written.

Dominic Frisby, a British author also took a shot at trying to prove Szabo was Satoshi Nakamoto. Although he got a lot of evidence that suggested Szabo could be bitcoin’s founder, Frisby admitted that he found no proof of Szabo and Nakamoto being the same person.

Dorian Nakamoto
Dorian’s birth name is Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto. He became well-known after an American journalist known as Leah McGrath Goodman claimed he was bitcoin’s inventor. According to Goodman, Dorian accepted being bitcoin’s creator when she interviewed him for the first time.

She says that he said he was “no longer involved in that” and that he could not talk about it because it had been turned over to other people. This news saw Dorian gain a lot of press attention and he denied knowing bitcoin in a full-length interview later on.

Craig Stephen Wright
Craig Wright is an Australian computer scientist and the biggest advocate of BSV. He has claimed to be the real Satoshi Nakamoto several times. However, a lot of people in the crypto community believe Wright did not create bitcoin.

Calvin Ayre, a close associate of Craig Wright, recently announced Wright would start filing lawsuits against people who deny that he is the real Satoshi Nakamoto.

Other people passed off as Satoshi Nakamoto
In a bid to try to discover who the real bitcoin creator is, different people have come up with different names of people they believe are the real Satoshi Nakamoto. Such names include:

Neal King
Vladimir Oksman
Charles Bry
Shinichi Mochizuki
Gavin Andresen
Len Sassaman

The bottom line

To date, the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto remains unknown.

One can only conclude: it takes a really special kind of person to invent something as awesome as bitcoin and give it space to grow.

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