According to Wired Magazine, Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonym given to the creator of digital currency Bitcoin may be none other than 44 year old Australian cryptoligist Craig Steven Wright.
‘Either Wright invented bitcoin,’ Wired’s report states, ‘Or he’s a brilliant hoaxer who very badly wants us to believe he did.’
Such revelations must be handled with care though. It is not the first time that the creator of the world’s most famous digital has been ‘unmasked.’ Back in March, 2014, Newsweek named a 64 Japanese American, Dorian Nakamoto, from Los Angeles as being the brains behind Bitcoin, and Newsweek ended up being sued after the claims proved to be false.
“Newsweek’s false report has been the source of a great deal of confusion and stress for myself, my 93-year old mother, my siblings, and their families.” Nakamoto said in a statement.
This time round though, Wired think it may definitely have its man for sure. According to Wired, leaked emails and documents between Wright and his lawyers prove that Wright is the man in charge of running Bitcoin.
The weight of Wired’s evidence does make for a credible claim, showing “publicly visible connections between Nakamoto and Wright:”
However, despite what in literal terms would add up to a mountain of circumstantial evidence, Wired itself admits that nothing they have discovered ‘fully proves that Wright is Nakamoto.’
Whether Wright is or isn’t the creator of Bitcoin, he is without doubt an interesting character. The man has 2 PHD’s and once boasted of picking up new graduate degrees at the rate of one a year. He is also a serial entrepreneur having started companies as diverse as security consultancies to an actual Bitcoin bank. As well as all that, Wright is, apparently, an avowed climate change denier.