Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto Is Security Researcher Craig Steven Wright

Posted: Dec 9 2015, 4:47am CST | by , Updated: Dec 10 2015, 8:30pm CST , in Technology News


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Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto is Security Researcher Craig Steven Wright
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Reports claim that an Australian researcher is the person behind the digital currency.

An Australian entrepreneur and information security researcher is believed to be the real person behind the pseudonymous character of Satoshi Nakamoto, who is known for creating Bitcoin, the popular crypto-currency, according to two separate investigations conducted by Wired and Gizmodo.

Craig Steven Wright, who has an impressive list of credentials and achievements on his LinkedIn profile, reportedly created Bitcoin together with Dave Kleiman, an American computer forensics expert who died in 2013. Hours after the two reports were published, Australian police stormed Wright's home in Sydney. The raid is related to an investigation by the Australian Tax Office, the Guardian reports.

The fictional character of Satoshi Nakamoto first published the code of Bitcoin in 2008, eventually releasing it as an open-source software a year later. Since then, interest in the Bitcoin spiked, compelling business, banks, and financial institutions to support the digital currency. In spite of the hype, Nakamoto remains a mystery.

In 2014, Newsweek claimed it found Nakamoto—a Japanese-American named Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto. Unfortunately, it was a flop. The man apparently knew nothing about bitcoins. Newsweek received numerous criticisms for the report. One thing was certain: the real Satoshi Nakamoto is still out there.

Now, Wired reportedly obtained strong evidence that links Craig Steven Wright to Satoshi Nakamoto. The first piece of evidence, Wired says, is a series of documents that were leaked by an anonymous source close to Wright to the independent security researcher, Gwern Branwen, who sent the said documents to Wired. The documents contained notes from Wright's blog, emails and transcripts.

Gizmodo conducted its own investigation and even visited Wright's home and office in Sydney, to no avail. Wright reportedly claimed on two occasions that he and Kleiman created Bitcoin. Gizmodo also received emails from an anonymous tipster who claimed to know Satoshi Nakamoto, and have worked for him.

“I hacked Satoshi Nakamoto [sic],” the tipster, who sent files that were taken from an Outlook account owned by Nakamoto, tells Gizmodo. “These files are all from his business account. The person is Dr. Craig Wright.”

But the most compelling evidence is an email from Wright in 2014, which uses an old email address that Nakomoto once used to communicate with Bitcoin users. In the email, Wright talks about convincing Australian Senator Arthur Sinodinos to regulate the digital currency. The email included a signature of Satoshi Nakamoto and the number of Wright.

You can read the two reports by clicking the source links below.

Sources: Wired, Gizmodo

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