Who Is Satoshi?
Is he alive or dead?
Japanese, Australian or British?
Is he an AI?
Nobody seems to know.
Since 2010, the whereabouts of Satoshi Yakamoto are unknown.
He left cyberspace giving away his away his www.bitcoin.org address and transferred several related domains to various prominent members of the bitcoin community, and stopped his involvement in the project.
Until that time any modifications made on the Bitcoin source code were made only by himself. Nakamoto’s coins remain unspent since mid January 2009 except for test transactions.
Was Satoshi From Japan?
Nakamoto had claimed to be a 37-year-old male who lived in Japan, but many beieve this to be false because of a perfect use of English and his bitcoin software not being documented or labelled in Japanese.
British English spelling and terminology in source code comments and forum postings such as the phrase “bloody hard” led to speculation that Nakamoto, or at least one individual in the consortium claiming to be him, was of Commonwealth origin.
Furthermore, the first bitcoin block that could have only be mined by Satoshi himself contains the encoded text
The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks which suggests that he was reading London’s The Times newspaper at the time of the birth of bitcoin.
Who Could Be Satoshi?
The are many who have claimed to be Satoshi, both Japanese and non-Japanese individuals. Here are a few who have made the claim of being Bitcoin’s creator.
Born in 1970, 49 year old Craig Steven Wright is an Australian computer scientist and businessman.
He has claimed publically to be the main part of the team that created bitcoinand the identity behind the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto.
Many have challenged his assertion, giving rise to his nickname ‘Faketoshi’.
Wright registered a US copyright for the bitcoin white paper and the code for Bitcoin 0.1 in April 2019.
Research by financial author Dominic Frisby provided circumstantial evidence that Satoshi could ibe Nick Szabo, a computer scientist, legal scholar and cryptographer known for his research in digital contracts and digital currency.
Speaking on RT’s Keiser Report, Frisby said “I’ve concluded there is only one person in the whole world that has the sheer breadth but also the specificity of knowledge and it is this chap…”.
Dave Kleiman may have been involved in the invention of the digital currency Bitcoin, based on documents sent to the press concerning Craig Steven Wright’s claim to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of bitcoin.
At the age of 21, Kleiman was named United States Army Soldier of the Year. After distinguished service in the Army, Kleiman became a sworn law enforcement officer for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO).
In 1995, a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed, requiring the use of a wheelchair. He continued working at PBSO and attained the rank of detective. He also worked as a System Security Analyst in the Computer Crimes Division and helped configure the Computer Forensics Lab.
Kleiman went on to work at a number of high tech companies before becoming a partner in a computer forensics business.
Kleiman died in his home in April 2013 seemingly of natural causes related to complications from a MRSA infection.
It is alleged that Kleiman was one of the early bitcoin pioneers that worked with Craig Steven Wright.
Some have suggested that TESLA CEO Elon Musk could be the real Satoshi, based on Musk’s technical expertise with financial software and history of publishing whitepapers.
Musk denied the claimin a tweet dated 28 November 2017.
Does John McAfee Know?
John McAfee, a British-American computer programmer and businessman who founded the software company McAfee Associates in 1987 and ran it until 1994 has said that he knows the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto and that Nakamoto is residing in the US, but has refused to reveal Nakamoto’s identity.