Mystery of the 21st Century: Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Although we do not know who he (she) is we all know what he has done. Satoshi Nakamoto was the inventor of the Bitcoin protocol, publishing his work through the Cryptography Mailing List in November 2008.

He published the first version in 2009 and then participated in other projects until he disappeared from society at the end of 2010.

Does anyone know who Nakamoto is?

No, but there are more assumptions. Joshua Davis of the New Yorker believes that Satoshi Nakamoto was Michael Clare, a graduate student in cryptography from Dublin. He came to this conclusion by analyzing 80,000 words from Nakamoto’s internet records and searching for linguistic clues. He also questioned Willy Lehdonvirta, a Finnish economic sociologist and creator of games. Both denied that they were the inventors of Bitcoin.

Adam Penenberg argued that behind the pseudonym Nakamoto there are three people, Neil King, Vladimir Oksman and Charles Bray. He understood this by writing unique phrases used in the Bitcoin work of Nakamoto, on Google, to check whether they were being used elsewhere.

Others consider it to be Marty Malmi, a programmer living in Finland, who from the beginning was involved in Bitcoin and developed the user interface.

The finger was also pointed to Jed McCaleb, a lover of Japanese culture and a resident of Japan, who created the complicated exchange of bitcoin Mt. Gox and co-founded the decentralized payment systems Ripple and Stellar.

Another theory suggests that computer scientists Donal O’Mahoney and Michael Pearce are Satoshi, based on the work they wrote about digital payments, along with Hitech Tiwari, based on the book they published together. O’Mahoni and Tiwari also studied at the same University with Michael Clear.

In May 2013, Ted Nelson said that Japanese mathematician Professor Shinichi Mochizuki was Satoshi, but he himself stated that the evidence was indirect.

What do we know about him?

One thing we know, based on interviews with people involved in the early stage of the development of Bitcoin, is that he has developed and understood the system very well and thoroughly. His encoding was not conventional, according to Jeff Garzik, by failing to apply the same rigorous testing expected of a classic software engineer.

How rich is he?

Sergio Lerner’s analysis suggests that Satoshi built a fortune of around one million Bitcoins. That wealth would amount to $ 1 billion in the exchange rate in November 2013.

What is he doing now?

Nobody knows what Satoshi does now. In a last message sent to his programmer in April 23, 2011, he wrote: “I’m continuing with other things. He is in good hands with Gavin and the others.”

Did he work for the state?

Of course, there are rumors. People interpret his name as “central intelligence”, but people will see the one thing they want to see. Such is the nature of conspiracy theories. At the end of the day, Bitcoin is now far larger than the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.