We know that the Bitcoin whitepaper was delivered by Satoshi Nakamoto, who is now known worldwide, although we have no idea who he really is. It could be a man, a woman, or organization, the curious thing was that having left a legacy for the decentralization of the economy, he / she decided to keep his identity a secret and established a system for the people.
Despite this reality, in the more than 10 years of history that Bitcoin already tells, several people have been designated as possible Satoshis. The list includes several different profiles, and in this article we will share with you several of the main suspects of being Nakamoto.
Satoshi Nakamoto: All candidates so far and theIr version
Some suspects of embodying Satoshi were members of the mailing list of the cypherpunks, a group of privacy and crypto activists, were referenced in the Bitcoin White Paper or participated very early. We talked about Nick Szabo, Wei Dai and Hal Finney.
Szabo is one of the most visible vocal leaders in the community and one of the pioneers in the conception of decentralized digital money and smart contracts. The American developer and cryptographer also created a type of digital money very similar to Bitcoin, called Bit-gold, although long before the Nakamoto solution was known. He has repeatedly denied being Satoshi.
In the case of Dai, who also created a similar product with B-Money, it is similar to Bitcoin. Although he has repeatedly denied these assumptions, his early and direct relationship with Bitcoin has earned him the suspicion of being Satoshi Nakamoto. His work is one of the few documents cited as sources in the Nakamoto White Paper, and there are great similarities between one and the other. However, according to Dai and developer and cryptographer Adam Back, Satoshi was not aware of Dai’s project.
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto
Finally, Hal Finney, who we can consider as the first bitcoiner. Finney, a cryptographer, who had worked on several major projects before getting involved with Bitcoin, followed the project since he had knowledge of it. In fact, it was he who received the first transaction from the network, when Nakamoto sent him 10 BTC. Finney also denied these suspicions, before a degenerative disease struck him. It is currently cryog.
Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto is one of the best-known faces of Bitcoin and this by the mere fact of having the same name that appears as author in the White Book of the cryptocurrency. Although Dorian has also worked as a consultant for the US government and other projects, it is not about Nakamoto.
The whole mess was due to an article published by Newsweek in 2014. In the article he was pointed out as the creator of Bitcoin from a misunderstanding. Supposedly Dorian Nakamoto would have claimed that he no longer worked with Bitcoin, although a subsequent clarification by the subject indicated that he was referring to his work as a government consultant. The interview was conducted by journalist Leah McGrath Goodman. Dorian Nakamoto’s bank accounts were frozen and the original user of the creator of Bitcoin at the P2P Foundation stepped out of these accusations, noting that he was not Dorian Nakamoto.
Paul Calder Le Roux
But Nakamoto has not been related only to geeks and cypherpunks, but also to criminals. Such is the case of Paul Calder Le Roux, who is responsible for the creation of the E4M and TrueCrypt cryptographic software. According to an investigation by investinblockchain.com, Le Roux is the author of a project very similar to Bitcoin, but which was released a decade before the Nakamoto White Paper, that is, in 1998.
An element that supports this theory is that Le Roux has been imprisoned since 2012, precisely the year in which Nakamoto ceased its activity related to Bitcoin. His name jumped to the fore in the middle of the legal complaint between David Kleiman and Craig Wright, who has claimed, without proof, to be the real Nakamoto. Wirght said that, if revealed, he could suffer criminal reprisals, related to Le Roux. In addition, it has a similar alias “Solotshi” and is familiar with both cryptography and the C ++ computer programming language.
The last candidate to join the list was the alleged developer, Bilal Khalid. This subject would have generated an important expectation before its revelation, since some media reported that Satoshi Nakamoto in person was going to reveal himself, just before Khalid’s announcement.
Recall that Ivy McLemore, a marketing and public relations specialist, announced that the “visionary” creator of this cryptocurrency would be revealed to the public and would also reveal some details such as its origin, its academic background and the reasons why it has not moved or one of the bitcoins that rest in your wallet. Recall that a wallet associated with Satoshi Nakamoto contains 980,000 bitcoins.
Despite this announcement and the small commotion it caused at the beginning, Khalid’s attempt was barely an anecdote. In fact, Ricardo Spagni, altcoin developer focused on privacy, Monero (XMR), denied this “revelation”.
Other candidates and theories
It has even been suggested that, since it is not known whether Satoshi Nakamoto is an individual or group of people, even the National Security Agency (NSA) could be related to the creation of Bitcoin, as they would have worked on a similar solution. This thesis has been suggested and argued based on the opinions of the cybersecurity and privacy specialist, Edward Snowden.
It is possible to say that although Craig Wright has said that it is Satoshi Nakamoto in repeated opportunities, until now, he has not been able to verify it, being indicated as a “fraud” by several important spokesmen of Bitcoin through the social networks. Wright has failed to verify his claim by not giving any consistent cryptographic evidence.