More than often, people who recently showed up at Bitcoin have no idea that the currency has several years. The idea of Bitcoin was first introduced in 2008, when a man named ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ published an article about the cryptography mailing list on metzdowd.com. This document was called Bitcoin: an electronic peer to peer box system and it is still a classic among Bitcoin fans of the “old school”. Not long after, in 2009, he launched the first Bitcoin software that allowed the world to start using Bitcoin.
Satoshi ¿Who is it?
So, who is Satoshi Nakamoto? This is a question that still arouses astonishment in the whole world of cryptocurrencies. There are many suggested identities, which we will address later in this guide. Let’s look first at what we know about Nakamoto. The first certainty we have is that he did not work alone. He maintained close contact with other developers through forums and emails. He continued to improve the source code while taking advice from other people. This continued until the contacts between him and his team gradually began to fade. In 2010, he handed over control of the source code repository and key software alert functions to Gavin Andresen, another prominent figure in the Bitcoin universe. With the source code, he also gave away Bitcoin.org domain and several other domains. After doing this, Nakamoto began to communicate less until he disappeared completely.
Nakamoto himself claims to be a 37-year-old man living in Japan. A false statement according to many people. His use of the English language is almost perfect, and the Bitcoin software was never documented in Japanese. A strange behavior for someone who claims to have lived in Japan all his life.
By now, you must have come to the conclusion that there is much mystery surrounding the inventor of Bitcoin. If there is something that the Internet likes, it is a mystery (or rather to solve it). This led to Stefan Thomas, a Swiss coder and active member of the community, a great idea. He decided to look at the time stamps of Nakamoto forum posts. With more than 500 publications, it should be possible to find a pattern in it. His research resulted in a chart showing a sharp decline to almost no position between 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. GMT. It is very likely that Nakamoto was asleep at this time. When looking at the different time zones in the world, Nakamoto probably lives in parts of North America that are within the eastern time zone and the central time zone. Parts of Central America, the Caribbean and South America are also possibilities.
It’s great to know where Nakamoto probably lives, but he still does not bring us closer to his true identity. Are we talking about just one person? Some people consider it a team of people. Many prominent coders think that the Bitcoin code was too well designed for a person. Dan Kaminsky, a security researcher who read the code, said Nakamoto could be a “team of people” or a “pure genius”.
That said, many identities have been set at the Bitcoin developer over the years.
- A 2011 article in The New Yorker written by Joshua Davis suggested that Nakamoto’s identity was based on several possible people. The most notable were the Finnish economic sociologist Dr. Vili Lehdonvirta and the Irish student Michael Clear. Both Lehdonvirta and Clear responded by strongly denying this.
- In October 2011, Adam Penenberg claimed that he had found evidence suggesting that Neal King, Vladimir Oksman and Charles Bry could be Nakamoto. As a research journalist writing for Fast Company, he discovered that they jointly filed a patent application that contained the phrase “impracticable from the computer point of view to reverse”. This was also used in the Bitcoin white paper. To add even more evidence, he showed that the bitcoin.org domain name was registered three days after the patent was filed. They all denied being Nakamoto.
- In May of 2013, Ted Nelson speculated that Shinichi Mochizuki was Satoshi Nakamoto. Mochizuki was a Japanese mathematician. These speculations were denied in an article in The Age Newspaper, without attributing a source for the denial.
- Also in 2013, Nakamoto was linked to Ross William Ulbricht, owner of Silk Road. This link was published in a document written by two Israeli mathematicians, Dorit Ron and Adi Shamir. They based this on a Blockchain analysis. Then he retracted his claim.
- In April 2014, researchers from the University of Aston linked Nick Szabo to the Bitcoin technical document using a stylometric analysis. Szabo is a devotee of the decentralized currency and published a paper on “bitgold”, which is considered a bitcoin precursor. The claim was not really taken seriously when even the researchers claimed it was a crazy theory: “The study does not point conclusively to Mr. Szabo, it’s just that, of all the people studied, he seems to be the most likely candidate. track “.