Bitcoin creator allegedly unmasked

Bitcoin creator allegedly unmasked

For 11 years bitcoin enthusiasts have wondered just who in the world the enigmatic founder Satoshi Nakamoto is. A US copyright claim that was recently granted may now give the answer.

The domain was registered in August 2008, followed in October 2008 with a paper posted to a cryptography mailing list titled Bitcoin: A peer-to-peer electronic cash system. The paper was authored by Satoshi Nakamoto, who also created the bitcoin network in January 2009 when he mined the first block of the chain.

Nakamoto is estimated to have mined one million bitcoins before apparently disappearing in 2010, though the smallest amount within bitcoin – one hundred millionth of a bitcoin – is named in after him, the satoshi.

Speculation has continued over the years as to just who Nakamoto is. At bitcoin’s peak, his personal bitcoin collection was worth over $US19 billion.

Craig Wright, an Australian academic, has previously stated he is the creator of bitcoin, and in 2015 a series of articles by Wired and Gizmodo named him as Nakamoto citing unnamed “hackers.” Yet, in subsequent stories, these claims were considered doubtful.

Many in the industry believe Wright is being untruthful. Yet, Wright has registered US copyright for the Bitcoin white paper and the code for Bitcoin 0.1, and the US Copyright Office awarded the registration to him, according to an announcement on their website this week.

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Source: iTWire – Bitcoin creator allegedly unmasked